Pick five, or ten, or more, of your fic titles. List them in your journal and explain how you came up with each one. Post this prompt as well, so that the meme spreads.
Geek of Steel (Jake 2.0)
Originally, I think I was calling it "A Larry Niven Thing" until yahtzee63 pointed out to me that not enough folks would know who Larry Niven is, so I went with a variation on the "Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenix" title, and "Geek of Steel" it became. Weirdly, it also makes it really easy to find the story using Google. Huh.
Lex Talionis (Firefly)
I called it just the Devilbunny the whole time I worked on it--until I spent 2 or 3 days googling quotes about revenge, and decided in teh end that "Lex Talionis" (the name for the eye for an eye law of retribution) seemed to fit--because that to me summed up Niska in a nutshell, and in a way, Mal and Book as well, because they aren't eye for an eye guys really.
The Apple (Smallville)
I wanted to go with "Kallisti", but yahtzee63 thought that was a little too obscure, even for me. "Kallisti" (for the fairest) is what was written on the apple Eris threw into the wedding that started the whole Trojan war. I really could see the parallels, where Lex and Lionel were concerned, at the time. Lex would see that it was the God's vanity that drowned Troy in mortal blood, and Lionel wouldn't quite grasp that. Hence the whole "He remembers the Horse. I remember the Apple." thing.
The Sixth Hour (Smallville)
In case no one's ever noticed (snerk), I was ALL ABOUT "The Tempest" with this story--hence the title being an allusion to Prospero's final scene with his bound spirit Ariel, before he frees her at last.
According to Charles de Lint, "svaha" is "the time between seeing the lightning and hearing the thunder; a waiting for promises to be fulfilled." This to me pretty much summed up how I felt about the space between Clark and Lex's first kiss, and the second. I loved the idea of playing with that space.
That Old Yeh Shen Story
Blame Captain kangaroo. When I was in high school, I saw the CBS Storybreak adaptation of Yeh Shen, the Chinese folktale that is pretty much the earliest recorded Cindarella tale and most likely the source of all the Western versions. It stuck with me for years and years, and the mix of Western and Chinese in Firefly just seemed to make it a natural for Mal's mocking line to Inara "Don't tell me you, of all people, are buying that old Yeh Shen story?" And that ended up becoming the title.
Mnemosyne is the goddess (well, Titan, anyway) of Memory, and since the story was all about Michael's memory returning in "Not Was" that fit to me--especially with the repirition of tears in the story (his, his sisters, etc.).
The Steep and Thorny Way
Yet another Shakesperare title--this time from Hamlet. The full quote is "Do not, as some ungracious pastors do, show me the steep and thorny way to heaven; whiles, like a puff'd and reckless libertine, Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads, and recks not his own rede." and was a reference to janeway's line to Noah Lessing that they each make their own Hell. I wanted to show the Equinox Five finds a little redemption, aprticularly Noah, whom I loved mainly due to Rick Worthy's amazing performance. I did such the happy dance of joy when he showed up on Odyssey 5.
Triangle Built for Two
Aside from the obvious (Bicycle Built for Two) I stole it shamelessly from Lois & Clark, which used that phrase all over the place, applied to the Superman/Lois/Clark "triangle" which of course is pretty fair identical to the Wonder Woman/Major Trevor/Yeoman Prince one from the ABC series. Of course, while writing the story, what really struck me is how many identities Diana actually has--hence her listed on the Dramatis personae page 3 times--first as Diana of Themyscira, then Wonder Woman, then Yeoman First Class Diana Prince. Because the story is in large part about all of those identities at war with one another--particularly the dutiful daughter part. And the part where she's really the sum of all her parts, not any one individual mask she wears.
Trust No Glass
I invented a Bajoran proverb in the story this is a sequel to, "Trust no glass to see through, lest you find yourself looking into another's mirror." Basically, I always thought the Delaney sisters got a bad rep in Voyager fandom (keep in mind, we're talking in the first half of the series) and decided that Meg deserved love too--despite her reputation as, um, well... easy. So I was all about Meg/Gerron for a while there, hence the saying.