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Sep. 2nd, 2015

Hello. Home from three weeks in Britain (mostly Wales). Brought 13 new books. Got nearly no reading done while there, though - somehow I was always too busy planning the next bit of my trip or looking out bus and train windows at the rainy but lovely scenery to read. Oh well. Lots of commuting time coming up to read all those books... and having such a nice stack of books waiting to be read *almost* makes me look forward to going back to work.

Almost.

Sorry I've been absent forever and ever. I kept losing my password and eventually couldn't be bothered to keep making new ones. Current one's very intuitive, though, so maybe this time I'll remember? Fingers crossed.

Anyone still here? I miss fandom a lot. I know most of it is on tumblr now but... blech.

New Fic (on AO3)

Farscape. John-centric. Vignette/ficlet (ca. 1000 words). Angst (naturally).

Dead Man's Jacket

Let me know if there are any language/style issues - I made some changes after I ran it past my wonderful beta beccatoria, so there *may* be problems that were introduced due to my meddling with it after the betaing.

Also sorry about the self-praise re: TMD

I know I've essentially bragged about how good I think it is before, and I know that's obnoxious. Yet... it's the only thing I've ever written that makes me *really* feel, "Wow, I can write!!" whenever I read it. At this point I don't even care that it made a reasonable splash upon its original posting but afterwards sort of sank like a stone. It just makes me feel good to reread it and realise that, yes, I can write.

(It's another question if I can also write plot...)

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BTW

I noticed, going back through my writing tag to see if I'd posted about the novel before, that I made several posts about the bizarre response patterns of The MAD Doctrine's reception. One of the things I noted in those entries was that it only ever got one comment on AO3, and that comment was from a reader who didn't know LoM. I'm baffled to report that this is now officially a pattern: the only other comment the fic ever received there is also from a non-LoM reader! o.O It's like this story is already being received as if it was original fiction, not fanfic - no need to file off the serial numbers! (At least on AO3. The two comments it received on ff.net may be from LoM readers, though it's impossible to tell for sure. And yes, two comments on AO3 and two comments on ff.net is all the feedback it ever engendered after the intial posting on lifein1973, where it received a fair bit - and this is also an interesting thing to observe, considering it's probably head and shoulders above anything else I've written.)

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Wait,

did I actually mention the novel here before? I think maybe I didn't.

So, yes. I'm writing a novel. Haha. (Haha, because I still have absolutely no idea how to do plot. This seems like it might end up being a bit of a stumbling block...)

It's sf/fantasy (it's probably the former but feels mostly like the latter), it means I have to do a shitload of research in at least half a dozen disciplines, and it's, unexpectedly, a love story at heart. I think.

It's all a bit vague yet.

It started back in March or so. 3,540 words in seven months is actually pretty good for me! Now I'm stuck, though, because now I really seriously need a plot.

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First chapter of the novel...

is done, I think. Or at least the first draft is done, at 3,540 words.

Also been writing some fic recently, adding some 1,000 words to the old LoM crossover, heh. (And I also finished a very inconsequential Farscape ficlet this year, pretty much out of extreme frustration because I hadn't finished any fic at all in nearly two years. I'll have to send that out for betaing sometime, but it's kinda hard to make myself, because it's such a pointless little not-even-really-a-story. Maybe I should post it un-beta'd instead. It's frankly not worth the time it would take someone to beta it.)

I also reread The MAD Doctrine today, for the first time in quite a while, and... HOLY SHIT. IT'S SO GREAT. HOW DID I WRITE SOMETHING THIS GOOD?!?

Seriously thinking of filing the serial numbers off that one, expanding it a bit to add the necessary background, and trying to sell it as original fiction. (Well okay, it's probably not quite good enough as a standalone story, because it's hard to do something genuinely new with a time travel story. But wow, is it a good fic... Best thing I ever wrote, by quite a margin.)

ETA: Link added. In case there's anyone here who hasn't read the story, or would like to reread, or whatever.

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ALL OF WORLDCON

.... will work out after all!

I managed to get rid of that inconvenient shift on the 18th. YAY!

ALSO: I can probably make some time to meet Rebeccas (as well as people of other names, but so far only Rebeccas have expressed an interest) on one or two of the evenings? I checked the programme and it really thins out considerably later in the evenings, though I've managed to lose my list of Potentially Available Evenings that I made day before yesterday, and am currently too tired to make a new one. Will do so tomorrow evening after work, probably. But, uhm, feel free to let me know which days would be good for you?

Granted, by now it may be too late because by now probably everybecca is all booked up.

AUUUUUUUUUUUUGHHH

I just noticed Charles Stross will be reading. Very likely from the next Laundry novel. When I'll already have to be on a train or bus home to Germany on Sunday. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Re: Worldcon

It looks like I might only make it there for the first three days - or not at all. I won't be able to get all the necessary days off work, so now I need to find a return ticket for the 17th, which may be impossible. If I can find one, I'll be at the con from 14th through 16th of August. If I can't... well, I dunno. Can you resell Worldcon tix?

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Jul. 28th, 2014

How did institutional British magic become a genre?

And why does it work so much better for me than its American, rugged individualist counterpart, the paranormal PI?

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