J S Cavalcante

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Fan
Name: J S Cavalcante
Alias(es): Jehanna Hunter, j_s_cavalcante, Yanka Maslinova
Type: fan artist, fan writer
Fandoms: due South, C6D, Star Trek: TOS
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URL: j_s_cavalcante on LJ

J S Cavalcante's stories on AO3

J S Cavalcante's stories on the K/S Archive
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J S Cavalcante is a fan writer and fan artist. She has written K/S since the 1990s and has been in due South fandom since 2006. She also wrote a Hard Core Logo story, One Last Fuck, Courtesy of Joe Dick - there maybe other C6D stories hidden somewhere.

See A 2006 Interview with J S Cavalcante.

Writing style

akamine chan, in ds_profiles, feels that:

"JS is one of the best writers in the due South fandom. She's honed her talent and skill from years of being a writer. She excels at storytelling, and her instinctive format is the novel. Canon-characterization is very important to her, and it shows in the little details of her characters. She is always asking herself, "What happens next?" and pushing herself to show what is next to her readers. JS often pulls readers in with her lyrical and emotional writing style, leading readers over a painfully bumpy road, but always tying up all the loose ends happily and satisfactorily." [1]

Pen Names

“The Tirizan” was published under “Jehanna Hunter.” “Tirizandi” looks like it’s coauthored, because I have both pen names on it. But they’re both me. It was a way of handing off that continuing storyline to the main pen name. I’ve also written under “Yanka Maslinova.” I made these other pen names back when I was writing something I thought was too experimental or weird to put under the JSC name. In retrospect, it was a dumb idea, as none of it’s really experimental or weird—for fanfic. [2]

Notable Works

due South

  • Anima (Fraser/Kowalski, 90,770 words, NC17) J S calls Anima the bookend to Isis's Being Ray Kowalski. In Isis' story, Rae Kowalski, a female CPD detective, is transported to an alternate universe where she has always been a man and shows how she struggles with the change. J S' story is the flip side of that: Ray Kowalski finds himself transported to an alternate universe in which he has always been a woman, Rae Kowalski. Who just happens to be married to Benton Fraser. J S explores the concept of gender through the eyes of Ray-as-a-woman, presenting it in a believable and sensitive manner. Anima also has some of the most amazingly realistic original characters that are not easily forgotten. This is a long, satisfying read that will put a smile on your face.
  • Tip, Slide, Tumble (Fraser/Kowalski, 44,163 words, NC17) tells the story of Jackson Brown, an orphaned four year old about to be thrown into an uncaring social services system. It also tells the story of Ray Kowalski, who cannot bear the thought of that happening, who knows that if he lets go of Jackson, he'll never forgive himself, never be able to look at himself in the mirror again. J S does a wonderful job of drawing the reader into Ray's life, into Jackson's life, and showing us how impossible the whole idea seems. Yet with determination and some Mountie stubbornness, Ray finds that together they can do anything, even become the family he's always wanted.
  • Not One Sparrow Falls (Fraser/Kowalski, 9,885 words, NC17) Ray has a secret he's been keeping from Fraser, and Fraser is bound and determined to find out what that secret is. Stubborn, determined, relentless, Fraser digs and digs until he finds the answers, and he's not sure what to do now. This story is a lyrical and lovely exploration of the intricacies of Ray and Fraser. As always, J S has their voices down pat, and she marries the religious concepts of falling from grace and redemption with due South canon in an amazing way.

Star Trek

J S CAVALCANTE is a professional writer who has been writing well-loved K/S for just about every title out there, as well as for online K/S venues, since 1992. Stories of hers have won the STIFfie, Philon, and Golden Orgasm awards, amongst others. The honor of which she says she is proudest is having been nominated for the STIFfie fan author of the year at MediaWest, a huge multifandom category in which K/S authors were seldom recognized. [3]
  • Meat Dreams/Meat Dreams "I never cease to be amazed by this lady's talent. She uses words like an artist uses a paint brush. There is nothing monochromatic about them, for her writing palette is vivid with color contrast, texture and subtly - "Kirk's tone was light, teasing, inviting a reluctant Vulcan out to play/ My mind can picture exactly the expression on Kirk's face and the sound of his voice. I delight in her attention to detail, even in her little 'asides'. For example noting how Andorians (with their sensitive antennael are usually soft spoken because of their acute hearing. This is a story seen from Spock's point of view, a very complex Spock, at once vulnerable and strong valiantly battling his ever growing desire for his captain. How he chooses to sublimate this feeling, by immersing himself in his work, is amusing and touching. A losing battle to be sure. The analogy of meat is strongly symbolic of forbidden emotions and yearnings a modern Vulcan would not dream of. But this Vulcan does dream and in spades. They are dreams of the women he has known, Zarabeth, Leila, the Romulan Commander that dissolve into one particular very masculine face and body; like an out of sync lens, when finally focused, the focal point is always...Kirk. The dreams too are populated with the faces and voices of ancient Vulcan gods who come alive before our eyes as they converse with Spock about primitive needs far older (and stronger! than Surak's tenets. We have here too the most erotic wrestling match I have ever read. The one between Kirk and Spock. It left me holding my breath and marveling at Spock's control. I have only one minor quibble and that is we are not given much insight into what Kirk is thinking or feeling, But even this does not detract from the impact of the story. It is a feast of word imagery for the mind and like the glutton for a superb story that I am, I devoured every sentence joyfully and unremorsefully. Knowing Ms. Cavelcante's prolific craftsmanship with the written word, there will be many more stories to come. And I'll be waiting to read them." [4]
  • Ritual/Ritual "Mamma Mia.... Mamma Mia.... This was different and sizzling hot.
I read this twice in a row, because I thought it was so wonderful. J S describes Spock in glorious detail. During the most intense scene of Ritual, I felt like he was sitting right in front of me—nude no less and doing the deed of self-love—and I'm not sure that was an altogether pleasant experience. Getting heart palpitations isn't entirely enjoyable!
Seriously? Vulcans have...ah...interesting rituals! Do read this one and you'll find out!
The first few pages of the story was probably the only thing I wasnt a hundred percent impressed with. It was a bit slow, or maybe it was just that I was a little distracted. There were lots of people around me when I was reading—asking what I was reading—and things like that. But once I got past the first two pages, I was gone from the world. Don't bug me. Let me read in peace!" [5]

A partial list of her K/S fiction in zines:

Artwork

2007 colored pencil drawing of Ray Kowalski as a clown in Juggling Act

J S works with oils, pastels, acrylics, watercolors and pencils.

  • Adventure Bound (Dief, mixed media/acrylic, G) Dief, on the Quest, leading the way. J S did such an excellent job with this painting, using deft brushstrokes to capture Dief's little face, his lolling tongue, his drive and determination (to eat donuts, that is). It amazes me how she manages to capture his doggy spirit in this painting. And all the other details - his scarf, the trees and mountains in the distance - they add so much life to the painting.

References

  1. akamine_chan, due South Author Profile: J S Cavalcante posted on 2 February 2010 (Accessed 9 February 2010)
  2. from A 2006 Interview with J S Cavalcante
  3. from A 2006 Interview with J S Cavalcante
  4. from Come Together #6
  5. from The K/S Press #57