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Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
10:05 am - The wizards' first rule is in full effect today.
Argh argh argh argh. Cut for detailed arghCollapse )

Think of calm, comforting things. The awesome ARC I am currently reading. The wedding Yeats and I attended last weekend. Hector purring with his chin on my knee. The Orioles in first place. The cupcake waiting for me once I make these calls.

Reading Log: Half a King by Joe Abercrombie; Steles of the Sky by Elizabeth Bear; The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey; Gilded Lily by Delphine Dryden; Soul of Fire by Laura Gilman; Blood Red by Mercedes Lackey; Take Me On by Katie McGarry; The Forever Watch by David Ramirez; The Memory Garden by Mary Rickert; Landline by Rainbow Rowell

current mood: discontent

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Thursday, November 14th, 2013
9:59 pm - Call for advice from a happily-panicking writer
There are exciting doings transpiring at Casa Yeats-Grey! Remember how I mentioned a while back that Yeats is writing a fantasy trilogy, and was making plans to send out query letters to agents and such? After many query letters, and some very encouraging (but ultimately frustrating) rejections, someone has expressed interest! It is, according to Yeats, a small publisher who's looking to get behind a new author and fantasy series in the Martin/Abercrombie/Rothfuss vein. This gentleman has read Yeats' revised drafts of Book One and Two and an outline of the entire trilogy, has spoken of them in glowing terms, and has been in touch with Yeats discussing things like projected publication dates and schedules, a copyediting timetable, and what sort of marketing (this being, as I said, a small publisher without the PR machines of big places like Daw and Tor) could be arranged to promote the book/series.

Now comes a question for you, o Internet, and I would really, really appreciate your thoughts and knowledge on the matter. Yeats wants these books to sell. He wants them to be popular. He's conscious of how awesome it is to get published, period, but his goal is to be able to write for a living--if not to flat-out quit his day job, perhaps merely to teach part-time (I of course am willing to keep working for Aveline and let him be a writerly house-husband, but this is his dream), and to do that, the books need to be in stores and visible on Amazon and Goodreads and the like. He is wondering whether it would be worthwhile to let this small publisher have the trilogy and do his best for it, or to continue shopping around for an agent or a chance with one of the big names, in the hope that it would make it big. I know that there are authors out there who started with a small publisher, or self-pub, and were later picked up by the larger market and gained a bigger audience. And branching off from that, he wonders if it would somehow hurt the series if his initial stories didn't reach a large audience. He has two ancillary series and a possible prequel novel already nascent, and given the importance in fantasy series of reading things in order and knowing the backstory, he's concerned about the aforementioned popularity if the first three books aren't readily available.

In short, does publishing with a small press help or hinder the future potential of this sort of worldbuilding, potentially long-running fantasy series?

Advice, clues, tips, and coded messages leading to the Secret Published Writer Cabal Club are welcome. I thank you, and Yeats thanks you.

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Sunday, January 27th, 2013
11:20 pm - Fic: Needs Looking After (Lost Girl, NC-17)
This came about due to oxoniensis' latest Porn Battle, as well as my very definite fondness for naked Dyson, witty Kenzi, and affectionate Bo. *grins* It got too long for comment-fic, so I've posted it here. I highly recommend the entire Battle, LJ and DW, for good, hot writing all around. Smut under the cut, never say I didn't warn you. Needs Looking AfterCollapse )

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Thursday, July 29th, 2004
10:48 pm - Terry Pratchett rocks my world.
I'm currently reading A Hat Full of Sky, by Terry Pratchett. Anyone who has never read Terry Pratchett, go read him now. Now, I say! Fantasy by way of Monty Python, making fun of all the usual fantasy cliches, and with some truly unforgettable characters. "A Hat Full of Sky" has the Nac Mac Feegle (the Wee Free Men), also known as pictsies. Pictsies are small people who are red-haired, mostly blue due to woad tattoos, and fight all the time. And talk in a Scottish brogue that the characters from Trainspotting would have trouble with. Utterly hilarious.

I've been reading celli's "Conversations with Fictional People" dialogues and giggling hysterically. So *that's* why I can't write plausible Weiss or Lex to save my life--they're tormenting her! The only fictional character who talks to me on a regular basis is Sark, and that's only to offer to assassinate annoying library patrons. Which brightens my day a bit, but doesn't inspire fic.

And speaking of which, here is the fic I threatened you with last night, an Alias/Kill Bill crossover. I've only seen part one, so if anything is contradictory to the complete film, blame it on my ignorance. Just don't send the Bride after me?
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current mood: mischievous

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Wednesday, July 28th, 2004
10:05 pm - Full moon=crazy patrons=tired librarian
You know that urban legend that all the crazy people come out around a full moon and make your life miserable? It's not an urban legend, I'm here to tell you. Today at my library, we had:

1)--A woman with 666 written on her forehead in ink, who spent most of the day laying out her tarot cards in the cafe while crooning to a small baby doll she carried in her arms.

2)--The girl who couldn't remember where she'd lived six months ago, or why she had a CD checked out in her name (and never returned).

3)--The woman who almost hyperventilated when I couldn't find her reserved copy of "The Da Vinci Code". When I explained that the book was no longer reserved for her because she'd taken more than a week to claim it, she insisted that it was because "her brother was driving too fast, and wouldn't stop at the library". When she left, my supervisor mentioned that her brother is one of the invisible kind. The ones people have loud conversations with on street corners.

And don't get me started on Smelly Bearded Man, or the Dancing Queen, or the Military Gay Duo. Anyone who thinks librarians lead quiet, peaceful lives has never actually been to a library.

Of course, I got to stop by my parents' for dinner, pet the cat, tease my dad, and then walk to Borders on a glorious summer evening for a mocha. So it was a good day after all. Any day with coffee in it is good.

Am polishing up a small fic, an Alias/Kill Bill pt 1 crossover which I'll likely post tomorrow. I still have this unnerving feeling that O-Ren and Gogo don't approve of being ficced.

Thanks to everyone who's left comments! Knowing that one is being read is a heady feeling. *grins and dances off to edit*

current mood: chipper

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Tuesday, July 27th, 2004
11:03 pm - What a day. Gimme a mocha.
Okay, here's my day.

At my library, we were first visited by a horde of small day camp children, all of whom were checking out upwards of 20 books, half of whom had their library cards, and none of whom could carry a plastic bag without shredding it. Then came the fellow who informed us that charging fifteen cents per color copy is profiting some cruel copier-maker who no doubt enslaves women and children in his copier sweatshops. Also, that our coffee machine is contributing to the downfall of society. Then we learned (from the morning radio news, not from our boss) that the funding that we're counting on so we can make plans for a new, larger building may not come through. Grrrrrr.

Then I talk to one of my dearest friends and find out that instead of coming back and finishing her last semester of college (double major), she feels like she wants to stay in her small town and open a coffee shop. This from someone whom I love and adore, but who has never been known to get up before noon, has *no* experience running a business, and whose studies have been in psychology and history. And she sounds determined. Gah.

And finally, as I was rewatching "So It Begins" (Alias S1 ep2), a plotbunny bit. A large one, with fangs. Fortunately, writing fic works out some rage. So, please feedback! Five 'Happy' Endings That Never WereCollapse )

current mood: accomplished

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Saturday, July 24th, 2004
10:15 pm - Summertime...and the livin' is easy...
Well, I slept ungodly late today, woke up, and poked my head outside--where it was over 90 degrees, humid, and full of cicadas. I evaluated my schedule, decided there was nothing I needed to do, and spent the day inside with my air-conditioner watching "Buffy" and "Angel" and re-editing The Literary Spy Novel. I love Saturdays.

Am currently entangled in a fanfic-writing difficulty--an original character is developing into a Mary Sue despite my best efforts to stop her. I can't simply eliminate her; she's necessary to the plot. And it's an Alias fic no less--Mary Sue spies are almost as bad as Mary Sue Slayers-turned-vampires-with-souls. Any help from those knowledgeable would be appreciated.

Just finished reading Charles DeLint's "Spirits In the Wires", which blithely invents a sentient website called the Wordwood, and its effort to revenge itself on the hacker who sent it a virus. Trust me, it's a lot better than it sounds. DeLint is one of those splendid authors who adds little smudges of magic into the corners of his writing, so that it blends well with the 'real' landscape and characters.

Finally, a tiny little rant. Is anyone else with me in thinking that Catwoman's costume is A) stupid-looking, B) impractical as all get-out, C) that of a dominatrix from Heck, and D) really uncomfortable? I miss Julie Newmar.

current mood: Meditative

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Thursday, July 22nd, 2004
11:17 pm - Code testing...code testing...
If my luck with computers remains true to form, this effort to post a story via a link will result in the destruction of the Internet, or the summoning of Sark from an alternate dimension, or something along those lines. Needless to say, I'm rather hoping for option 2. ;-)

Anyway, this is my first official Alias fic--it's already posted on yahtzee63's journal, but I want it here too, because I'm proud of it. And maybe it'll lure other plotbunnies. So--Airplane PartsCollapse )

current mood: creative

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Wednesday, July 21st, 2004
10:34 pm - Dentist. Blah.
Nothing to report, save that despite the necessity of visiting the dentist (I am fond of my teeth), I am in no way required to like it. Having fake-mint-flavored sand in one's teeth is deeply annoying.

On a happier note, I've been reading the Victor Garber thread at Television Without Pity, and the links to peoples' experiences with VG while he's performing "A Little Night Music". Oh, the envy. My type is turning green even now. I would sell small, unused portions of my *soul* for a chance to see him perform. Not to mention meeting him!--some people have all the luck, and I'm glad for them. My day will come. :-)

Too tired now to mess with links and code. Will do so tomorrow.

current mood: awake

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Sunday, July 18th, 2004
10:11 pm - I want a hippogriff!
I saw "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" today. There will be spoilers down below, so avert your eyes or prepare for selective reading if you're not a spoiler ho.


Okay, don't say I didn't warn you!

I cheerfully agree with everything I've read that says PoA is better than the previous films. The acting was better (not that Daniel, Rupert, and Emma have ever been anything other than good, but they were all excellent here), I really enjoyed the darker, more dangerous atmosphere, and I'm in love with David Thewlis as Lupin and Gary Oldman as Sirius. They were the first adult actors in this kid-focused franchise, outside of the late great Richard Harris, to make a real impression. Especially Oldman--he didn't have much screen time at all, but he was indelible. In one scene, he went from deeply scary to heartbreakingly sad between one breath and the next.

Did I mention that I want a hippogriff? Because I do. Buckbeak was *beautiful*. All the special effects were good without being overdone. The dementors were scary, Harry riding Buckbeak made my heart leap, and the Patronus effects were exactly as I'd pictured them. My one quibble is that Lupin is a werewolf, not a wolfman. He should have turned into a true wolf, not a hybrid. But, minor quibble.

And yes, I saw the subtext. The subtext was jumping up and down in its efforts to become text. I now understand why so much SB/RL fic has been proliferating. *fans self* Between that, and Hermione alternately grabbing Ron's hand and being protected by Harry, this was a much more grown-up movie. And one thing I noticed with interest--when Lupin transformed and threatened the kids, Snape *immediately* interposed himself. No hesitation at all. I choose to read meaning into that, but then, I'm a Snape apologist. :-)

current mood: good

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Saturday, July 17th, 2004
11:18 pm - Behold, an LJ!
Given that all my past efforts at keeping a journal have faded into nothingness, this may be doomed. Yet onward! Besides, it could be fun. :-)

Just got back from Asheville, visiting my aunt and uncle who have a small antiques business. They're taking a trip to a show in Martha's Vineyard--moving up in the world! May their fame and fortune spread, and may I get to go with them the next time their buying takes them to England. Didn't do much, just talked a lot and discovered a great bookstore/coffee shop called Malaprop's. I sat at a table, drank a mocha (except they called it a Choclaccino; I won't argue), and read Ray Bradbury. There's no better way to spend a day.

As soon as I figure out this coding deal, I'll post links to a few good sites, and to my handful of fanfiction pieces. They cover several fandoms--Buffy, Angel, Alias, LOtR, and a few crossovers--and I've gotten feedback on several of them, which warms the cockles of my heart (hint, hint!). If anyone out there can help a seriously computer-impaired newbie, I would appreciate it, and will repay you by writing a ficlet in which you smooch the character of your choice. ;-)

current mood: cheerful

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