Author Archives: Martha Bechtel

About Martha Bechtel

My name is Martha Bechtel and I write fantasy and science fiction stories, paint small model horses silly colors, dual-box on World of Warcraft, build Wordpress blogs, and run a micro crafting business (on the side). Come on in and join in the fun!

Etsy Auto-Renewal and Other Broken Things

By | July 23, 2017
Etsy Auto Renewal Failure

Etsy Auto-renewal is full of lies!

Remember my grand plan about working with the Etsy listings so they would fall into a pattern of one listing renewing every day? Well apparently I should have done a little more research into the actual functionality of the aut0-renew first. *sighs*

The ‘auto-renew’ date is more of a ‘will renew within 48 hours after this date’ marker than anything concrete. Add that to the fact I’ll be focusing in on the body box trade for the next month and it looks like the ‘hands-free’ date of August 25th is a no-go. So… new plans! 🙂

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Saturday Story Prompts [2017.07.22]

By | July 22, 2017
Saturday Story Prompts

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1. “You are the first person to ask me that in a long time,” the sphynx said, eyes full of unexpected grief.

2. Here is where we’ll build again, beneath the shadows cast by the Midnight mountains. It’s not as fertile nor as welcoming as the home we left, but it’s easily defended and that’s all that matters now.

3. Kings lie. If there was ever a universal truth, he knew in his bones it was that.

4. The river spits and snarls with the fury of the ice melt, ripping away at its bed until only the rock is left and it polishes that to an unholy shine.

5. Nothing had prepared her for the odd silences that echoed in the building’s burnt out shell.

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Wooden Dolphin Magnet #002

By | July 18, 2017

Some fantasy dolphins love to stand out, but this little guy is all about blending into the oceans deep. With a marbled flow of the currents and the splash of seafoam white his impression of a wave has everyone fooled!

An almost-twin to Dolphin #001, his pattern is modeled after the Dusky Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obscurus). These svelte mammals normally come in black, grey and white, but where’s the fun in that?

So instead of monotone, I painted him in amusingly ocean themed acrylics (Island Blue, Sailing Sky, and Ocean Breeze). His back is a less nautical black, but like a tux it makes him look quite dashing in a crowd.

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Saying Goodbye to LiveJournal

By | July 17, 2017

 Created on 7 April 2002… it’s been a long time coming, but I need to move on.

I’ve been working on moving my LiveJournal account over to Dreamwidth ever since the latest Russian Law kerfuffle, but it’s time to kick that into high gear. I want to have the LJ account emptied (save for the ‘where to find me now’) post by the end of 2017.

That means the fanfiction needs to finish moving here (and Dw and AO3) and I need to start deleting the posts on LJ. There are a lot of personal posts over there as well, but those I’m downloading just for a personal journal. Most of them are 100% uninteresting to folks who don’t know me personally… and family posts are what Facebook is for. 😉

As of this moment I have 4,304 posts over there and at least 250 are fan fiction. I currently have 202 fanfic posts (in draft or otherwise) in the blog now… so I’ve got a way to go. *rolls up sleeves*

Strange Colors (Stargate Atlantis)

By | July 17, 2017

Originally Posted: January 16, 2007
Length/Rating: 100 words, PG, Gen
Pairing/Warnings: none
Summary: occhallenge Challenge #49 Colors (And yes, it’s a quark joke, so sue me ^_~)

“STARGATE ATLANTIS”, “STARGATE SG-1” and other related entities are owned, (TM) and © by MGM TELEVISION and DOUBLE SECRET PRODUCTION in association with GEKKO FILMS and THE SCIFI CHANNEL. All rights reserved. No copyright infringement is intended nor implied.

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