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July 1st, 2009 
I've been talking about having a ficathon to celebrate mature women (ie, women 40 or over) for some time, and I've finally gotten off my butt it together. I have no idea of the level of interest, so exact dates are still up in the air, but we'll roughly have prompt collection for two weeks, signups for two weeks, then a month to write stories and have the stories due in September approximately.

This would be a good place to propose prompts for AOS Winona Kirk or Amanda Grayson, as well as the assorted other women 40 or over from the other Treks, such as Lwaxana Troi, Beverly Crusher, TOS-movie-era Uhura and Chapel, Kathryn Janeway (Memory Alpha describes a great deal of vagueness about her exact age, but Kate Mulgrew was 39 when the series started, so she counts), Guinan, probably Number One (who had to have been around 40 by the time of TOS), and so forth.

Here are the relevant links:

Welcome post

Definitions

Prompts collection

Pimp this around!
TOS Uhura Squee!
I'd like to enlist your help for a little project of mine that's quite in keeping with the fabulously positive mission of this community. I'm fixin' to create a comprehensive rec post entitled "Winona Kirk is Not a Jerk!" that'll be just what it says on the tin. To clarify, Winona need not be kicking ass and taking names to qualify; nuanced portrayals are well-loved, and "not a jerk" is not the same as "doesn't cause pain to her nearest and dearest." However, fics where Winona is a neglectful mother for reasons that are not explicitly and sympathetically explored and/or stories wherein she tolerates or participates in child abuse are NOT what we're going for, here.

Clearly, there's lots of fodder for the list here in this community, and I've been trying to comb through various other comms for likely-looking recs, but I am sure I am missing things.

In particular, I'm short on links to fics where Winona is *not* the central character, but is significantly present and a force for good. Is she super-awesome when she finally meets Kirk's significant other in your slash epic? Does she turn up as an active commander in that great Spock/Uhura one-shot you read last week? Is she one of "Five Things?" Lay it on me.

Thanks in advance for your help!

On a less positive side note, irritation at the strange prevailing fanon that Winona's at best neglectful and at worst an abusive mother got me actually writing in Star Trek fandom. I've got a longer discussion of this, and fandom's treatment of female characters in the Reboot here at my unlocked journal and I'd love to hear other people's experiences and reasons for becoming the kind of fan that loves where_no_woman and all it stands for, either here or back at my page.
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