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09 March 2008 @ 05:56 pm
Numb3rs Series/Universe: Staring Down the Barrel of a Gun  
(Note: If you haven't read the first fic in the series yet GO DO IT NOW! You won't be happy if I spoil it for you, trust me, and there are MAJOR spoilers for the first fic in this post.)

Oh, I *knew* I was going to regret that title as soon as I picked it.


Because I am eccentric, all of my series are named exactly the same as the first fic in the series, or rather the main fic in the series. (For example Starting Something in Stockton came first, but it's a prequel to the main fic Defensive Postures.) So when this intended one shot turned into a series I was stuck with an unwieldy title. Argh.

I normally know titles before I start writing fic, but the first story in this series popped out in about ten minutes when I was already half dozing from sleeping pills after midnight. I was too tired to think of a name so I just went to bed. I was still pretty uninspired the next morning, but I wanted to post the fic so I just slapped a title on it that helped set up the scenario along with the summary and didn't think more of it.

And then the sequel requests started coming in. Man, I should have seen that coming. Can't have Charlie KILL A MAN then just walk away.

(I don't mean Charlie walking away, I mean *me* walking away! Readers would never let me! Hehehe)

So I sat down with the list of N100 prompts for March (Bwahahaha! It's good to be mod!) and wrote the next four fic in the series, completing it all in well under 24 hours.

The four sequels didn't flow as nicely as the first and they were by no means exactly 100 words on the first/only draft like the original, but hey - I'm human (when I last checked). /grins/

The first four are very close in time and the fifth is kind of an epilogue. Readers may not find it that satisfying, but I needed to close this off briskly if this was to be a series using just March's N100 prompts.

If people want a more in depth study of the aftereffects of Charlie having killed a man I think I need to craft a new universe for that.

One that gives me FAR more than 100 words at a time to work with... ;-)

Series Information - Staring Down the Barrel of a Gun

Staring Down the Barrel of a Gun - Main (Published)
.22 Caliber - Sequel (Published)
An Act of Devotion - Sequel (Published)
Forgive and Forget - Sequel (Published)
Unbreakable - Sequel (Published)
hear me roar: Yay!magisterequitum on March 10th, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
*Jumps up and down*

Am excited for a new series! There is a lot of room for reactions to what happened in SDtBoaG and I can't wait to see what you have in store.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on March 10th, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)

Gah! Even the *initials* are unwieldy!

/kicks self for not just naming it Gun or something simple/
/is glad it's a *closed* ended universe/
boymommytotwoboymommytotwo on March 10th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)
If you haven't read the first fic in the series yet GO DO IT NOW!

what exactly is this title that i'm supposed to read before this one? i'm sorry, it's late but don't want to give up reading fanfic yet before the horror or the work week begins tomorrow... are you talking about Starting Something or ???
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on March 10th, 2008 02:41 am (UTC)
This isn't a fic, it's a Series Post which links to all the fic in a series. (The subject line is the key - it doesn't say 'fic' in it.)

I was just using Stockton as an example of a first fic in a series that does *not* name the series.

If you read Staring Down a Barrel of a Gun posted yesterday you're fine, but I have to write these things knowing in the future people - such as yourself - will be catching up on my back catalog and won't go in order.

So read yesterday's fic, read this Series Post then wait for the next four installments to come out - one per week as the new prompts are announced at numb3rs100.

Hope that clears things up...
boymommytotwoboymommytotwo on March 10th, 2008 03:26 am (UTC)
yes, thank you
i always appreciate your kind explainations...
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on March 10th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
Re: yes, thank you
Cynthia: CD Safe with Me by angeliksmall1trackmind on March 10th, 2008 06:22 am (UTC)
Yay! I hadn't commented yet but I'm really glad you're continuing!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on March 13th, 2008 05:40 am (UTC)
Thank you! This ended up being far more interesting than I thought...
fredbassettfredbassett on March 10th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
LOL, I like the title!! Anyway, glad to hear there will be more to come of this :)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on March 13th, 2008 05:41 am (UTC)
Yes, more, but for once the painful wait is *mine* - having four fic ready to go and not being able to post them until each prompt comes up in N100. Hehehe
starsunwantedstarsunwanted on March 25th, 2008 12:37 am (UTC)
Muhahahaha. I like this series. Can't wait for the last two. X3