Originally Published: March 2012, Classic Battletech Forums
Originally I had planned to alternate between Mimetic Badarses and Grand Theft Agro fics. However, that plan fell apart as I became more and more focused on the latter, resulting in a year-long gap between fics. It was particualrily galling as Haven here was conceived in 2010, but would go nearly two years before actually seeing the light of day.
A direct follow-on to Hotel California, the two fics began life as merely parts of the same story. However, as they both ballooned, they were split off, resulting in the substantial gap. The main point of Haven then became to end the story arc that starts with Stormfront, and begin the next one.
The lunchroom featured was based on the lunchroom from the Manago Hotel in Captain Cook, Hawaii. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was very enjoyable. And the portions are very, very generous.
The actual location for the fic shifted numerous times during the writing before settling on the mostly undocumented Abbesville. Other potential locales included Annapolis and Holt.
A side-story fic for Kristina Hopwell had been planned at one point, but died rather quickly. It may yet see the light of day.