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(1) who is allaire mikháil?
pseudonym: allaire mikháil
real name: not important and definitely less unique
sign of the zodiac: Aries
occupation: gainful employment for the same administration for going on 20 years now (urgh, getting old)
marital status: single
family: parents, two brothers, two sister-in-laws, three nieces, various distant relatives. Two cats.
residence: a city in Southern Germany that urgently needs more slashers, stat!
favorite pasttime: Reading fan fiction, most especially slash. Surfing the
'net. Watching tv-series in the original language. Hanging out with friends. Running
down all and sundry. Listening to music. Cuddling cuddly pets. Hunting down my muses.
Refusing to even look at my inbox. Theatening to do bodily harm to stupid people.
Gaming. Reading sci-fi and fantasy novels. Cursing at my computer. Not necessarily in
this order. Further details on my hobbies can be found on
the miscellaneous page.
For the incessantly curious, you can even find a picture of me here.
(2) where does your name come from?
No, it is neither Franco-Canadian nor Russian. It is due to the second
roleplaying character I ever developped. Allaire Mikháil is a scout in the
MERPTM roleplaying game (which we, by the way, played long before Peter
Jackson's trilogy was filmed) and has a lot of characteristics I'd like to have in real
life. She's tough, capable and displays an innate sense of honor and a willingness to
help those in need. "Allaire" comes from a fantasy novel I forgot title and author of
(she was the princess who was impersonated by another woman), "Mikháil" refers to
my then love for Tom Clancy's books, most especially 'The Hunt for Red October', and my
attempts to learn Russian (which I soon gave up, I'm sorry to say). And it simply
sounded... right... when combined with the first name. So I chose it. That's all there
is. And yes, I love it, and I react to it as fast as to my real name. That's telling,
(3) why "storyteller's campsite"?
Why do I have a homepage at all? Because upon discovering slash, I surfed a
lot on the web, and wanted -- I don't know. Leave my footprints in the virtual sand, I
guess. So I taught myself HTML with the help of a good friend's husband and started
programming one. The first attempt was quite pathetic, I'm afraid, and is better
forgotten. The second one (let's refer to it as storyteller's campsite version 1.0) was
better; it brought across my love for gaming with its fantasy setting (parchment
background, campfire etc.) but soon looked amateur in comparison to other websites. I
hope version 2.0 is better; I tried to keep an even balance between appealing design and
functionality even for people with a slow internet connection. I've already used more
For anyone nostalgically interested, this is what v 1.0 of storyteller's campsite
Why the title? Because it reminds me of a collection of stories by
Elsa Sophia von Kamphoevener, called "At the nightfires of the caravan seraglio".
Despite being European, an adventuresome girl travelled through Anatolia in the middle
of the last century, disguised as a young man, and collected the stories of the culture
of the old Turkish nomads that had so far only been passed on orally, and never to
foreigners, let alone women. She became the apprentice of various storytellers and wrote
down their cultural treasures for posterity. Our arts teacher used to read her stories
to us during class, and I fell in love with the prose and the endless space for thoughts
Why does it mainly consist of
recommendations? Because frankly, I'm not that much of an
author. At least not as much as I would like. I lack time, tenacity and inspiration.
Yes, I do write, and I'm proud of every story I've ever finished and posted (and
before you ask, yes, I have various ideas that never got further than being
ideas, and others I started to write down, but unfortunately got stuck in the middle
of). So a page only for my own fiction would be a bit of overkill. Hence the
recommendations page. On it, I try to provide a big enough collection of fandoms to
offer something for anyone. Besides, I have this common problem: have you ever read a
book that you were fascinated with? I'm sure you know how it is -- you've just finished it,
and now you can't refrain from telling everyone about it, trying to get them to read it,
too. Well, it's the same thing here. I want to 'convert'
(4) what is this "slash" you're talking about?
I hope you came here via the main
page, http://allaire.skeeter63.org/, where you had to
confirm you knew what slash was and were ok with it. Still, I often click 'ok' without
reading everything I'm consenting to, so I guess I'd better explain it, just to stay on
the safe side: slash is the depiction of a loving and/or sexual relationship between two
persons of the same gender. There is m/m (male/male) and f/f (females/female) slash, but
the latter is not something you are going to encounter here. The slash shown here is
purely of the m/m persuasion. Please beware: slash can range from harmless fluff (with
its highlight being a chaste kiss) to outright pornography (including sex scenes
depicted in detail), can be a part of a stable relationship or a semi- or non-consensual
tryst with an unwilling partner. Reader discretion is advised. The legal standpoint on
slash (as well as on fan fiction as a whole) is vague at best, and bringing it to public
attention is unwise. So please heed the warnings and read nothing you are uncomfortable
with. And, for the love of God, don't read it at all if it is illegal for you to
access it wherever you are due to age restrictions. If you are underage, stay
If you'd like to know my reasons for writing and reading slash, you might want to
check out my essay on that topic.
(5) you mention different nuances of m/m slash. what are they?
The following lexicon of abbreviations should be helpful to you:
||general; no age limit
||fanfic in which a character's emotional pain is a central plot element|
||parental guidance is advised
||bondage & discipline|
||restricted; sexual content and/or violence, please do not read when underage
||a roleplay or lifestyle choice that involves the fields of bondage & discipline, dominance & submission, and sadism & masochism|
||non-consensual content; today more often that not used to rate any story with detailed (consensual or non-consensual) sexual content
||slash in which one or two of the participants are underage but pubescent, i.e. older teenagers|
||this story is a death story, aka: one of the main characters dies|
|other common abbreviations
||dominance & submission|
||hurt/comfort; stories that deal with the hurt and its aftermath|
||to edit a fanfic story
||general fiction without sex
||letter of comment (= feedback via e-mail)
||contains non-consensual sex|
|Mary Sue, Harry Stu
||detested self-depictions of the author who generally know all, are incredibly capable, beautiful and who the hero of the story inadvertedly falls for
||out of character|
||original female, original male character invented by the author
||acronym for 'Plot, What Plot?', aka: a sex story|
||a reader/writer's preference for a 'one true pairing'
||'real people slash' (i.e. actors, singers etc.), the opposite of FPS (= fictious people slash)|
||anime-/manga-related; refers to Japanese girls' comics feat. stories of 'boy love'
||slash in which one or two of the participants are underage and prepubescent or just beginning puberty
||'the powers that be', i.e. the persons/company behind a movie/series and the holder of the copyright
||unresolved sexual tension (or: just heated looks between two characters who are not yet in a sexual relationship)|
||anime-/manga-related; a Japanese acronym for female-oriented works featuring idealized homosexual male relationships
||work-in-progress; unfinished fiction that may or may not get finished one day|
||fanfic using characters/scenarios from two or more different shows|
(6) what are your pet peeves? the things you loathe
above all others?
In general? War. Hard-nosed falcons. Thick-headed politicians. Right-wing
extremists. Homophobes. Racists. Writers without an ounce of skill who consider a
spellchecker (or even better: beta reader) to be below them. People who can't press out a
"Good morning". Others who can't keep their voices/music/noise down in the middle of the
night. The German Railways. Sometimes the German Mail. Lots of e-mails in my inbox. My
computer when it's trying to be a primadonna. My VCR when it displays but a scrambled
green-black picture. Sometimes work. Mondays. Mornings after nights in which I got less than six
hours of sleep. Days with temperatures below zero degree Celsius or above 26 degrees
Celsius. Car trouble. Days I don't have work to do at work. The parking space situation
at the office. The gas prices. An empty fridge. Shopping at Walmart.
In myself? My inherent laziness and inabiltity to get anything done. My
lack of self-control that keeps me from finishing things, or even starting things I
consider 'work' (encompassing, but not limited to site updates and reading/answering
e-mails). My unwillingness to exert myself (I drive to work while I could easily walk).
The sieve I have as brains which meticulously records all the tiny little plot twists of
a slash story, but can't seem to keep track of my friends' private lives. The fact that
I can't bother to care as much about what happens in the world as one should, these
days. My lack of faith and optimism. Of patience. My pig-headedness and perfectionism.
My inability to pry myself away from my computer. My equally irritating tendency to
stay glued to the screen until it's the middle of the night so that the resulting amount
of sleep is barely adequate at best.
In fan fiction? Sure, there is an almost endless number
of things that rub me the wrong way. I guess I'd better limit myself to the things I
consider the worst (in no particular order):
information. There are lots of OTP fans out of there; I count myself
among them. My primary selection criterion is the pairing, so I might miss
out on a wonderful story simply because the author didn't include this vital point
in its headers. A shame.|
warnings. When I
stumble into a story I normally would have never read, just because the author
didn't deem it necessary to warn me of its content beforehand, I will most likely
never touch a story by that particular writer again. Ever.|
grammar. Nothing turns me off more than an accumulation of grammatical
errors a foreign exchange student in second grade wouldn't commit. Use a
spellchecker, then a beta reader, or please, for the love of God, don't post
anything. Believe me, the world will be better off.|
||Bad style. No, I
don't want to
read a m/m Harlequin novel. A plot is not always vital, but I need to recognize the
persons I'm supposed to read about. I want the writing to be in-character for the
protagonists, I don't want to be buried under clichés, sap, morbid
depression or other mental illnesses whose effects the author wants to share with
||Mary Sue / Harry
Stu. Please spare me. OFCs and OMCs (and lately, also canon characters)
who are so ethereally beautiful and emminently capable (not to mention armed to the
teeth) that everyone just loves them. And they always save the day, of
||Bad choice of certain
expressions. Like, e.g., "soon-to-be-lover". Or laughable metaphors for
certain parts of the male anatomy. In short, everything hopelessly over-the-top.
Keep it simple, keep it understated, and it'll have all the more power.|
||Unhappy endings. I
know I can't force authors to adhere to my own kind of story ideal. Still, I can't
help but be emotionally affected by a long, beautifully written story that, after
several 100 KB, ends in separation or death. Despite me knowing that sometimes a
story just can't logically go into another direction, this always depresses
Non-consensual sex and rape are things I can only accept when they are not the focal
point of a story. So why should I read a story about nothing but? A story in which
my heroes turn into unrecognizable, pathetic victims who don't act like themselves
anymore? Unexplainable. The real world has enough of it without us adding to it in
||Endless bemoaning of lack of
self-worth. One of the characters feeling imminently unworthy of his
oh-so-perfect lover who deserves so much more is unsettling. Are those
issues the writer has suppressed so far? Please see you therapist and don't make me
deal with it by proxy.|
||Abused as a child.
Yeah, it happens in real life -- unfortunately. Still, why does every insecurity a
character shows have to be linked to an incident in his childhood? It can't explain
away or excuse said character's further actions in the present, or at least it
||A rapist's wet
dream. Criminals are evil, evil men are ugly, and ugly men don't get
any. Right. Still, why can a villain be presented with 20 women and our hero, and
pick our hero as his rape victim? Bloodly likely, isn't it?|
No, I don't want to read about a character suffering an illness, getting
hurt, losing part of his mental capacity, whatever -- when it's permanent. H/C can
be delightful, but there's a limit. As soon as the damage inflicted can't be healed,
I'm so out of there.|
Again, what's the point? I like to see love triumph over anything else, overcome
all obstacles. When you can't trust your partner, who else can you trust?
Some things can't, shouldn't be forgiven. Not if you want to keep your sense
What the heck for?! Sure, we'll go to the supermarket, and you can pick out the
brush I'm going to spank you with, naughty boy, you! And no, it's not sexual. It's
just that I can't trust you to make your own decisions, so I 'discipline' you
whenever you dare to march to a different drummer than the one I deem correct.
This syndrome ranges from Sally-Homemaker to weepy, whiny 'little boy'. The
characters behave like 14-year-old girls and are pretty much unrecognizable.
Makes me shudder.|
||Male Pregnancy. The
ultimate feminisation of a male character. Normally goes hand-in-hand with the
"Chicks-with-Dicks" syndrome. Also usually sappy to the extreme. Very, very
seldomly well-written, and a big turn-off for me.|
||Lack of equality.
Most often encountered in the bedroom: only one of the two guys bottoms all the
time. Huh? Why not write het then? I can't imagine that to be an equal, happy
||Bad sex scenes.
Ranges from multiple orgasms to the same-old preparation method (one finger, two
fingers, three fingers...), to endless stamina. Oh, and penetrative sex on the
first date! No matter the other just realized he's attracted to his male
||Threesomes. In my
opinion, three's a crowd, that is, one guy / girl too many in bed. Don't try to
tell me that such a relationship has a future; it'll be always two who are closer
to each other than the third, and therefore this person will feel left out, alone.
So in the end, it'll all turn sour.|
||Bitch-yfying of female canon
characters. Not all former girlfriends, ex-wives, love interests etc. are
The Bitch From HellTM. They may have left our hero, but that doesn't make
them automatically evil, abusive, cold-hearted or insane. Which goes hand-in-hand with...|
||Devaluation of past loves.
Often enough, one or both main characters used to be married, and happily at that. To make it less of an obstacle in the course of "true love", often enough you encounter the justification "Oh well, I really only like cock, and my marriage was one of convenience; I barely tolerated her.". Which is bullshit, because, hello, canon? Deal with it.|
environment. The boss, colleagues, friends, family members who are
instantly overjoyed upon learning that our heroes are gay... don't exist. Sure, we
wish they did, but they don't. So deal with it instead of sugar-coating
||Character A being built up as the hero to the detriment of
Character B. Many series revolve around one/several characters, among them Character A, while Character
B is a recurring guest-star/sidekick. Deal with it. Don't diss Character A just because Character B is oh so
unappreciated/pretty/cool/interesting. Writing Character A as a stupid ass and Character B as the best
thing since sliced bread doesn't make for an equal relationship.|
||Elves. A nightmare
become reality. Who ever invented it should be shot. This compulsion to write AUs
in which one of the guys is an Elf is just -- scary. Deeply
||Hair. Don't get me
started. Anyone who uses sugar-coated denomers to describe it is severely
anime-/manga-challenged. It's the stuff on one's head, ok? Nothing more,
nothing less. It can be pleasurable to the touch, but it's not the epitome of
||Cooking. Why this
trend to describe in excruciating detail how m/m couples cook? Yes, they do. We all
do. They also go to the toilet, but no one describes that. I wonder
||Gay Pride Parades.
Yes, they are an admirable display of people's identification with their sexuality,
and strength to stand up to it. Still, I can imagine only few characters who'd
march in one without making themselves into laughing stock. Reality check,
||"I've never watched [...]
before!" The scariest words in an author's notes to a story. Writing
solely based on fanon might even work out ok, but I'd rather advise against it.
Please wait until you've seen at least a couple of episodes.|
I absolutely detest authors who have to resort to this sort of thing.
Everyone should write for him-/herself, of course with the potential readers in
mind, but still, it's not something a writer should have to be pressured into.
Otherwise it shows in the story.|
HTML-Coding. Fifty cookies, twenty pop-up windows, flashing neon
lettering, a story that's unreadable if you didn't download the background because
text and background font color are the same, more HTML-code than text, the like... scare
off readers. Trust me on that.|
Hmmpf. That was me limiting myself to the most annoying ones. Sure. Did I
mention under my faults listed above that I can't be brief? No? Well, I should have.
(7) who are your friends? where can they be found?
Most of my real-life friends are not online, or at least don't move within
the same circles, that is, they are not slash fans. Also, not all of them speak enough
English to actually read what I write, so I'd rather not link to their websites here.
But thankfully, I've found a lot of friends online who are interested in watching
English series & movies, and reading/writing slash and fan fiction as much as I am,
and many of them have made the transition from e-mail buddies to real-life friends. The
main reason for this development can be placed safely
at gwendolen's door. She is the
listmom of the German slash mailing
list [Querstrich] @ Yahoo! groups, and that list
has been instrumental in bringing me in contact with other slash fans in Germany.
Apart from Gwen, there
are mareen, xkatjafx, mamoru22
(she of **The Cell**), mabiana and
moonilicious. More recently, Katja created the
[Slash-Stammtisch] @ Yahoo! groups that was
instrumental in bringing us in contact with esda, i_am_schizo and ten_chan,
while Escapade 2004 is to blame for us meeting temve. I also
love to talk to sua_lay (she of
Rimau's Slash Archive), although due to my inherent laziness, she hasn't
heard as much from me as she deserves. As for my other friends, you can find most of them via my
(8) whom do you want to thank?
||for coming to my aid when Dencity closed
my account, and for providing space on her server for this site|
||for helping me out in the beginning and
explaining what HTML does/doesn't do, and thereby getting me started|
||for staying my close friend from the
beginning ever since we met in that bus to France|
||for sometimes being as identical to me as
||for making me fall in love with the series
"Highlander". And by doing that, leading me onto the path that would later bring
me to slash.|
||for causing at least half of my fandom
addictions, and making Friday evening a time to look forward to|
||for being as curiously tolerant/intolerant
as he is, and for showing me how beautiful Christian music can be. Also for
introducing me, however unintentionally, to Star Trek, gaming and English
||for being my first online friend, and
edging me on in getting my first fan fiction written and posted|
||for providing a safe haven from all the
stress of real life; the weekends at home leave me feeling re-charged and
balanced. Also for teaching me from an early age how addictive reading can
||for so clearly bringing across what is
beautiful in gaming, and making my introduction to MERPTM a time upon
which I still look back in nostalgia|
|my gaming friends
||for endless hours of escaping reality
together, and for learning how to live your imagination|
||for taking the time and effort to make my
stories post-able, and being honest, but nice about it|