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Hth, also known under the pseud Betty Plotnick in The Sentinel and popslash fandoms, has written slash fanfic in several fandoms, most recently in Stargate Atlantis, where she is a well known writer of Ronon pairings. She also founded Ladyslash in 1999, the probably first multifandom femslash mailing list. In Hth's own words: "I got tired of hoping someone else would do it. <g>"
She discovered slash in the spring of 1997 through a Star Trek slash website and read a lot of Garak/Bashir and Paris/Kim. The first slash story she ever read was torch's "Too Dear For My Possessing". At about the same time she started watching The X-Files and fell madly in love with it, but she didn't notice right away that there was a slash fandom for the show. Once she did, The X-Files became her first real fandom. She describes those first couple of years in X-Files fandom as one of her favorite fan experiences, and says, "the writers I met there are still among the best in all their various subsequent fandoms -- torch, Anna S., LaT, Te, Kat Allison."
Her first piece of fanfiction was the Mulder/Krycek story The Lover and Thank You for Not Smoking was her first f/f slash story. It was the first ScullySlash story posted on the main X-Files lists and it was posted to the ScullySlash mailing list the day it was founded (June 25, 1998). Thank You for Not Smoking is a Pretender crossover that pairs Scully with Miss Parker and it was one of the most popular femslash stories among those who wanted to read f/f in fandoms other than Xena.
Regarding her participation in due South, Hth herself has this to say:
- "I am a veteran of the long-ago Ray Wars, wherein I valiantly defended Callum Keith Rennie's honor and hotness and said many snide things about Vecchio writers, a number of which I have since recanted. I like to think I was also part of the Healing Process (tm), in that I started writing Ray/Ray back when you could carry a lantern day and night through the streets of due South fandom and never find a single soul who would claim to be a Ray/Ray fan. To the best of my knowledge, FuzziCat wrote them first, then Barbara J. Webb, and that was about where I came in."
sprat says about Hth's due South writing:
- "Hth's stories tend to be shorter and pack a lot of emotional punch. She's great at tilting what we know about canon just a little and then taking full advantage of what might shake out; her Ray/Ray series What It Is I See In You, for example, asks what might have happened if the Rays had met before the start of Season 3, while Fraser was on vacation in Canada. It's not even AU territory (CotW implies they're meeting for the first time, I suppose, but that's pretty easily handwaved), but man, the difference it makes. Her characterizations are insightful and deft. She makes mundane moments speak volumes."
- Alpha Centauri -- series of Sheppard/McKay/Dex stories
- The Vibe is a painful post-Vegas Vecchio story full of details that kind of sneak up and punch you in the guts.
- Three Kings If this doesn't make you cry...I don't even know. There's probably something wrong with your soul.
- Close to the Chest is about Ray K's 40th birthday. It's a Ray/Ray story but it's about F/V and F/K, too. It's complicated and achey but somehow not angsty, which is like the world's best magic trick: how did she do that?
- Lullabye In Blue essentially, Ray and Ray are headcases for each other.
- Twenty-Eight Days -- Willow/Tara femslash
- Hth. First message to the Ladyslash mailing list, 4 April 1999.
- Hth. Conspiracy Theory, notes about her involvement in X-Files fandom. (Accessed 21 February 2010)
- Hth, dS index page of her now extinct website (Accessed using web.archive.org 22 November 2009)
- sprat, due South Author Profile: Hth posted on 2 November 2009 (Accessed 22 November 2009)