Dasha K

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Fan
Name: Dasha K.
Alias(es): dashakay, marigold, sosoprano, orciny
Type: Fan Writer, Moderator
Fandoms: The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica (2003), The Big Bang Theory, Elementary, Parks and Recreation, The Hunger Games, RPF, The Expanse
Communities: Scullyfic, X-Files Porn Battle, In My Humble Opinion
Other:
URL: Secret Probation on LJ, Archive of Our Own, Tumblr
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Dasha K., now primarly known as dashakay, has been active in fandom as a fanfic writer on and off since 1998. She primarily writes het fiction, but has also written gen, slash, and femslash.

Her first fandom was The X-Files, where she was best known for writing MSR, but also wrote Scully/Skinner, Mulder/Krycek, Skinner/Doggett, Mulder/Melissa Scully, and femslash with Scully and original characters. She won several Spooky Awards for her fanfic and was known for her fiction collaborations with Plausible Deniability. Dasha was also a moderator of the Scullyfic mailing list. During this time period she also wrote several femslash Buffy the Vampire Slayer fics.

After a break from fandom between 2002 and 2008, Dasha returned to X-Files fandom just before the movie X-Files: I Want to Believe was released. She posted several fics and frequently collaborated icedteainthebag, including creating and moderating the X-Files Porn Battle and co-writing an interactive fic on LiveJournal, Truth on the Road.

Dasha next joined Battlestar Galactica (2003) fandom, where she primarily wrote fic focused on the pairing of William Adama and Laura Roslin. She also wrote extensively in the The Big Bang Theory fandom, writing the Sheldon/Penny pairing. She maintained a Big Bang Theory fanfic recommendation site, In My Humble Opinion, on LiveJournal.

She has also written X-Files and Battlestar Galactica RPF and numerous crossovers.

As of July 2016, Dasha is writing fanfic for X-Files and The Expanse.

A Fan's Comments: 1998

Dasha is fairly new on the fanfic scene, and she's made quite an impact. I really can't describe her "Jitterbug Perfume Trilogy" any better than she can, so I'll use her words: "Basically, your mother's worst nightmare: angst, booze, bad language, techno music, smoking, lesbians in high heels, smut, tight t-shirts, slash, and even some love thrown in for the heck of it." Sounds scary, I know, but trust me. This is adult stuff, and not for the faint of heart, but I haven't lied to you before, have I? Is it warm in here??? A little less hot, but still good is "Momentary Lapses" in which Scully confesses her sins and tries to stop being weak. [1]

A Short Self-Description by Dasha K: 1998

She has been writing short stories since she was very small, but for some reason fanfic has made her dangerously prolific. She tends to write MSRs, but she does her darndest not to be sappy. Lately she has been getting rather smutty, but she thinks that subliminal messages in FTF are to blame. In her spare time she likes to go dancing, drink frightening amounts of espresso and make kick butt mixed tapes. Dasha would also like to add that sending a writer feedback is good for yur karma. [2]

Dasha K's Comments About Writing and Fandom: 2001

When people ask me if I get sick of writing about the X-Files characters, my answer is a definite no. The day I get totally and utterly tired of it, I'm out of here. It's amazing how a television show can inspire so much creativity for writers. I think that's part of the show itself. The beauty of it is often not what is shown on the screen, but what is unsaid and unshown. The depth and wealth of feeling between Mulder and Scully is strong on the show, but the relationship still remains unconsummated. That leaves us writers who like to include romance elements free to play with what we've given and create endless scenarios of how it may happen. Or, you can simply create your own X-Files episodes. Several case files I've read in fanfic, like Nascent's Theory and Practice, would make excellent episodes if filmed, and often better the writing on the show itself. In post-episode fiction, we are allowed to explore the emotional depths of the characters. Unhappy with the Mulder and Scully relationship in the episode Agua Mala? Post-ep stories like Marguerite's Limpiar can set matters right again, so that it doesn't seem unnatural when Mulder and Scully no longer seem so at odds in the next episode. Fan fiction makes television seem interactive, which is a whole lot of fun.

Another reason why I write fanfiction is simply because it's much more fulfilling than writing an original story and having so few people read it. I'm shy about sharing my writing in general, but on the internet, no one knows me. I'm Dasha K, not my real name. If I don't choose to do so, no one has to know anything about me other than that name. Therefore, I can experiment with things that I might now feel comfortable writing about under my real name. I can write erotica, try my hand at mystery/suspense, write slash, fool around with point of view and narrative structure, and no one will think less of the real life woman who has a family, friends and a mild-mannered job. When I write a fanfic story, I get email from all over the world, I get comments (both good and bad) on my stories, and I get read. It's a very safe way to learn and grow as a writer.

And it's fun. I belong to a community of thousands of writers. I cannot believe the depth of talent in the XF fandom. It's almost shocking how many amazing closet writers there are, running around being teachers, stay at home moms, doctors and lawyers, but who produce stunning work for the eyes of the internet only. In this fandom I can join mailing lists and chat about writing and I can make friends with others who love to write. Over the summer I went on a trip to Las Vegas to hang out with 18 other fanfiction writers. It was like an informal conference and it was so refreshing to meet and talk to other people who adore writing. None of my real-life friends are serious about writing, so when I need to talk about that part of myself, I have my fanfiction friends.

Fanfiction is a strange thing, so underground. A lot of the people I'm close to know what I do, but they think it's this silly little hobby. Yes, it's a hobby, but I do take my writing seriously. I've discussed with other writers how weird it is to be rather well-known in the fanfiction world (which is larger than you think), but to have no one in real life care about or validate that part of yourself. A good example is that day after I won 12 Spooky Awards earlier this month, I got up, went to work and it was business as usual. None of it radiates towards the mainstream of your existence. Not that I'm complaining. I enjoy the time I spend on fanfic and in some ways it's nice to have my secret other life. <g>

So, the question is, when am I going to write something REAL? The X-Files is in its last season, and I imagine that shortly afterwards, I'll probably hang up my fanfic hat. I have learned so much from reading, writing and editing fanfiction. I've learned about plot, characterization, dialogue, setting, pacing, tone and mood. I've learned to write a good blowjob scene. I've learned how to create a web page and to make graphics. I've gotten a lot of confidence in myself as a writer. I'm starting to feel, more every day, ready to start writing something original and then trying to get it published somewhere. But I still don't think that fanfiction is any less real. A lot of the stories I read in this fandom are head and shoulders above many novels I've parted cold, hard cash for at the bookstore.

Fanfiction has been the great blessing in my life. I went from writing nothing for almost four years to writing four 200K+ novels and probably 40 stories in two years. And I've made some amazing friends along the way. So that's why I do it, folks. I'm thinking of printing this out so that next time a RL friend asks my why, I can just hand them this long rant and say, "This is why."

Note: This rant was written nearly two years ago. A lot of things have changed since then. I'm sort of half in and half out of the fandom. I still write a story when I'm inspired but the bloom is pretty much off the rose. I guess obsessions can't last forever, right? Meanwhile, I'm writing a few Buffy stories, have this Skinner thing going on, and I'm struggling with something original, but it's not like it used to be. However, fan fiction has changed my life for the better. I wouldn't have the fantastic job I have now if I hadn't decided to get off my ass and learn to web design to make myself a fanfic page. Nor would I be as confident as I am now with the professional writing I do if I hadn't have written so much fan fiction. And I wouldn't have made so many wonderful friends around the world. [3]

Interviews and Posts

Notable Works

The X-Files

The Big Bang Theory

Elementary

Essays and Articles

References

  1. News for the OBSSEsed: October 1998, Archived version
  2. July 1998 at ARCHIVISTS AND AUTHORS!
  3. from Fanfic: Why I Do the Voodoo That I Do (2001)