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21st-Oct-2010 09:02 pm - Friend Added: E_MOON60
It seems that many people think 'a statement' needs to be made. While I am not much in the mood of caring what people think, I agree in this case.

So. A statement:

I have never been so pleased to have left lj.

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Edited to say: - I hope everyone's new year is productive, safe, and better than the last year. May you have almost enough contact with your loved ones, nearly enough food, less work than you can stand to do and not quite as much beer as you can stand to drink.

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Time for Yuletide Reveal:

We Were Her People, a cross-over between Neil Gaiman's American Gods and the movie Gladiator.

The land was there before the people, and before their gods.

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I might talk about writing this one, as it was a) the only finished thing, fiction-wise, that I've done this year and b) while not the hardest story to write, ever, turned out to be harder than I thought it would be. The story was not what I started to write, and I took out - or never wrote - the parts I loved best of it. (And let's not go into the spelling/typo issues.)

I am very grateful to have drawn a request that allowed me to work with this story, which has been with me for a long time. I wish I had done better with it.

As always, crit and comments always welcome.

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I'm not a fan of OTW/Dreamwidth/Archive of Our Own -

- for reasons I have gone on record for and at length, and will not repeat here, except that I was thinking over this yesterday (again), and the Virginia Wolfe ref, and its implications, hit me anew. I don't want a room of my own. I have a life of my own. And that life should be lived with the greater world, not separated off into some other corner. OTW, from the ground up, feels separatist. I don't want to be a part of that -

- and the shift of Yuletide to AOOO hasn't done anything to change that. (Yes, the editing feature was way cool. But come on, the pit of voles lets you edit stories.)

I do, however, remain very appreciate of the hard work that has gone into putting together the Yuletide exchange and the archive. (Which doesn't stop me from thinking some things should have been done better. One can acknowledge the difficulty and sacrifice involved in any task (such as, f'stance, being POTUS) and still strongly disagree with things done in the pursuit of that task.) It has taken talents and time I don't have, and resulted in an impressive collection of stories that seems to grow in both quality and number every year.

When the rest of the Yuletide archive shifts to AOOO, I will most likely orphan any works of mine. (If they weren't gifts for other people, I'd likely delete them.) I don't anticipate doing Yuletide next year, or in future years, so long as it stays with AOOO.

It seems rather small to be saying this when the Yuletide Random Older Story of the Day is one of mine, but I'm not ego-centric enough to think the dice rolled like that just to shame me into joining up with AOOO whole-heartedly.

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Again, the lovely stories I received this year were Of Scotsmen and love remembered and Sirocco, both of which I recommend.
28th-Dec-2009 11:26 pm - More Yuletide!
Between traveling and work, I haven't had a chance to read much of the archived fics -

(doesn't help that the archive was running like pond water at first - it seems to be much better now, although I miss some characteristics of the old archive *is grouchy old stick-in-the-mud*)

- but I got my FIRST EVER yuletide madness fic! Sirocco - Black Stallion, a lovely snippet of Black-pov fic. Worked very well for me, and I would hug it if I wasn't afraid of crushing the tiny thing.

During the run up (while I was fighting with a story that turned out to be more than I thought it would be) I engaged in distraction by offering to beta some stories. And I got taken up on it. (That will learn me.)

All four stories are ones that I would very likely have recommended if I had not beta'd them. (And in a couple cases, what I did was less beta and more 'yah! write more!' cheerleading, so no credit to me.) I'm pleased to list them here, in the hopes that these stories are read by (and delight) more people.

Sahara - Goma, La Belle - Post canon, Dirk and Al have another adventure. Dirk is Dirk, Al is awesome. Focuses on the Dirk&Al against the world that made the movie work so well for me, but doesn't short change the het 'ship of the movie. Great secondary characters, too. Exceptional military and geographic details. A long read that went *fast*. Really reads like Cussler on a good day.

Curse of Charion Life, stripped of luxuries - a sort of '5 things' format that deals with the siege that started the whole story. Slash, briefly, but the feel is gen, with kick-in-the-teeth sense detail and some well done military stuff.

Vorkorsagan - Sworn in Silence - a missing scene, Aral POV, pre-canon. We get to see the aftermath of that bloody banquet. Again with well-done military stuff.

Chronicles of the Keyncrath - Coming Down the Chain - Short, AU, but still true to the canon (really, it is) and a lovely piece of work. (No military stuff - okay, a little bit, but not really!) Lovely musical imagery.

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I haven't commented as I would have liked, and I'm not going to read much that fast. I am grateful for all the nice things people have said about my story, and I'm *quite* pleased with both gifts I got this year.
25th-Dec-2009 01:50 pm - May God bless us, every one
Have had my YT story posted (and revised, and tweeked, and fussed with again) on time, and received a note of thanks from the recep that convinces me the thing was not entirely Fail!pie, but might actually be okay.

(Yes, I am one of those people who can't properly enjoy stuff without making sure the other people liked the gifts I gave.)

Have received and read a darling cute story in the Saumri Jack fandom: Of Scotsmen and Love Remembered which is adorable and sweet. It is, I think, the most positive and up-beat YT gift I've ever received, and it is just what I needed today. (Not entirely sweetness and light, which would be a bit much, but just the right amount of distant longing and humor mixed together.)

There are also, it appears, about a zillion YT stories, many of which are in fandoms I know. I'm looking forward to a year of picking through the archive.
9th-Nov-2009 04:00 pm - Dear Yulegoat
Dear Yulegoat:

Please do not panic, I will enlarge upon my requests this weekend.

Relax. I'm sure you're going to write a story I'll enjoy, *and* have fun doing it. All my YT authors have done so, so far.

Me, I'm waiting to find out what fandom got matched.

(Note to flisters: No, not back. Just playing with YT.)

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1st-Jul-2008 06:42 pm - Multiverse
To whoever wrote a story for me: Thank you ever so! I will not be on-line much when the stories come out, but I will read it as soon as I can (and leave feedback!) Please don't be askert if it takes several weeks.
29th-Jun-2008 01:31 pm - Movies: 'WALL-E'
This time with spoilers.

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29th-Jun-2008 10:12 am - WALL-E
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28th-Jun-2008 09:36 am - Links for a Saturday am
From Wired - Inconvient Truths - Changing what it means to be "green". A counter-point article is linked from that page, for those who still want to eat organic, loathe nukes, and use words like "frankenfood".

(A full discussion of the issues would need far more space than the article offers - my own opinion is that, (as a change-suspicious stick-in-the-mud) that to the extent that "green-ism" idolizes "the good old days" and uses metrics of aesthetics, it's wrong. Where it looks at whole-picture costs and benefits, promotes new tech and permits public decision making, it's very very good.)

Still on that note: State of Florida to buy US Sugar. (Yes, the deal was done in secret. Florida, land swamp deal, any one?) A couple notes: 1) Sugar is highly substidized in the USA - for now. I think part of US Sugar's motivation was the realization that subsidies weren't going to last for forever. 2) Republican governer. 3) This is a *significant* chunk of land...but it's not everything needed.

Social Networking All The Time Heh. I don't think the irony is lost on the article's author. Also? I've never even heard of most of those tools.

Finally - another Lymond quote that needs an icon - Chi scrire a chi non responde O egli e matto, o egli ha di bisogno 'Who writes to one who doesn't reply, is either a fool, or in need...' Which, I think, sums up a lot of lj.
26th-Jun-2008 05:47 am - "Books I have read meme"
I have no clue where I swiped this from.

"The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed."
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE
4) Line through those books you disliked

And I added:

5) * those books you've never frelling heard of...

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