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Fic rec: the best post-NFA Fred/Illyria piece ever. Absolutely without question. Open a box of tissues, position it close enough to your hand that you can reach it without having to look through eyes streaming with tears, and read Shell Game by [livejournal.com profile] deird1.

I’m whopping through the next chapter of ‘Tabula Avatar’ at great speed (and buckets of blood, much of it Randy and Joan’s) but for now all I have to offer is a silly little ficlet. Fandom Discworld, featuring one of my OTPs. The Patrician has a particular hatred of one form of street entertainment and now he has an ally in his crusade against it. 500 words, PG, not to be taken seriously. Discworld is the property of Sir Terry Pratchett.

Learn The Words )

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Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] sammywol

First here's a rec; [livejournal.com profile] ffutures is writing a BtVS/Harry Potter crossover, incorporating Season 8 and Deathly Hallows canon, and is doing an absolutely marvellous job of balancing the two ‘verses. Delightful stuff. Fourteen chapters completed so far. Dead Trouble.

Last weekend I was at the Writercon UK Midi-Meet. I had a great time. It was wonderful to meet in real life my friends from on-line; and people who I hadn’t known before turned out to be delightful also.

I did two presentations. My talk about fight scenes was flawed, I’m afraid; I hadn’t been feeling well in the week leading up to the trip and, as a result, I hadn’t done as much preparation as I should have done. My original intention had been to write the whole thing down in detail so that I could read it out prior to the event and time the result. [livejournal.com profile] curiouswombat said that she thought this would make it into a very dry lecture and persuaded me to abandon that plan. I shouldn’t have listened to her; working from only very sketchy notes meant that I had no idea of how long it would take, and it was too easy for me to be distracted. I spent far too long on one little side issue and omitted three points altogether. It seemed to go down reasonably well anyway but I know that it could have been better.

For the Drabble workshop I gave a very brief talk, showed a few examples of my points, and then filled in the rest of the time by forcing everyone to write drabbles.

I wrote a drabble beforehand to use as an illustration of one of my points. It didn’t quite come off, alas, because I had expected people to have heard of a particular small town in Norway and it turned out that most of the attendees hadn’t. The town in question is extremely tiny, with a population of only 352, but it is quite famous anyway – although not as famous as I’d thought – and people from all over the world go there and make a point of sending postcards home. Another strike against the drabble was that a quote from a recent blockbuster movie turned out not to be as widely known as I had been led to believe. I’m posting it here anyway; some of you might like it, although it’s definitely not one of my best.

It’s one of a strange sub-set of Buffyverse fics in which Buffy and Spike, sometimes accompanied by one or more other Scoobies, visit the Scandinavian Arctic. Despite the obscurity of the subject I’ve read at least 4 examples of the genre (although they may be the only 4 examples!). This is 100 words (of course), rating PG for mild swearing.

Snow Patrol )

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Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] demonbrat_98

Pimping: [livejournal.com profile] julia_here has started posting a wonderful story. Nevermind: the long strange trip mash up takes Spike and Drusilla to the Pacific North-West in the early 1990s on a road trip that may involve sex and drugs and rock and roll, car maintenance, and people being eaten. I don't know of anyone better at descriptive writing than Julia - and I'm not just talking about within fandom here, I mean within the English-speaking world.
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Chapter Thirteen of Access All Areas, the Spike/Dawn story that I am co-writing with [livejournal.com profile] curiouswombat, is now up on her journal.

I posted Chapter 47 of Tabula Avatar yesterday; Sunday afternoon UK time was probably a fairly silly time to post it and it wouldn’t be surprising if some prospective readers missed it.

I’m looking for a fic ETA: question answered by [livejournal.com profile] mbangel10.

And I’m looking for icons. I have made several icons for use in Tabula Avatar that portray the BG2 characters, and one of Spike, but I’d like ones showing the other BtVS characters. My icon creation and manipping skills are mediocre and, although I have tried to create suitable icons myself, I haven’t been able to come up with anything acceptable yet. I’m looking for Xander in armour (ideally red and black scales but normal steel plate would do) with a two-handed sword, Buffy with a sword, Dawn in black leather, Giles with a guitar, and so on; but against backgrounds that are medieval or at least generic outdoors with no modern buildings, lights, or cars. I know that some people actually enjoy doing such things – I don’t, I only do it to achieve an end result – and I’m hoping that someone might do it for me. The only reward I offer is to have some minor Tabula Avatar character named after you. Probably someone who meets a hideous death at the fangs of Bodhi. That fate is in store for some central characters in the near future so you’ll be in good company.
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Joy to the world! The Liar is going at last. In an ideal world he would be hanged from a lamp-post, as is traditional for deposed Fascist dictators, but at least it's a start.

We're watching the Eurovision semi-finals tonight as I will be working when the main event is on. Fantastic songs from Bulgaria and from Georgia; a lot of crap from most of the others so far. Not that anything could possibly be as bad as the British entry (ETA: the Danes and Poles seem determined to prove me wrong) (ETAA: the presenters have just revealed that the bloody awful Polish male singer is in fact British, which I suppose explains a lot).

FIC ANNOUNCEMENT! Chapter Twelve of the [livejournal.com profile] curiouswombat/[livejournal.com profile] speakr2customrs co-production Access All Areas (Rated R) has just gone up on her journal. Contains fight scenes!

And Life, Resumed has been nominated as Best WIP at the Rogue Poet Awards. Thanks to whoever nominated me!
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Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] sevedra

Has your husband finished his Neverwinter Nights 2 module - and, if so, is it up on The Vault and which one is it?

In other news: I've just finished beta-reading Chapter 11 of [livejournal.com profile] curiouswombat's Access All Areas
and she's put it up on her journal HERE. All her work, this time, except for one major plot point from me.
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I recently put ‘The Cloak of Mist’ up on the new archive Daughters of Sineya, which is a place for Slayer-centred fic including original character Slayers. I had a look at the rest of the stories there, of course, and discovered a writer new to me; ‘Morosthenes’ (also known as Sam Perlo-Freeman) who has written some extremely good historical Slayer stories. One of them is even about a Border Reiver Slayer! Well worth checking out if your interests extend beyond the canon Buffyverse characters. But he doesn’t reply to reviews.

Chapter Nine of Access All Areas, the Spike/Dawn story that I'm co-writing with [livejournal.com profile] curiouswombat, went up yesterday.

I have spent several hours over the past couple of days trying to make an icon depicting Dawn in her Shadow Dragon armour from ‘Tabula Avatar’. Just when I had achieved something that I felt wouldn’t look too dreadful, at least not when scaled down to 100 x 100 pixels, the program crashed and I lost everything. Manipping just isn’t one of my skills. I have had to simply concentrate on the writing, which is much more in my line, and so here is the next chapter of ‘Tabula Avatar’. 5,330 words, rating R. Previous chapters are HERE.

Summary: AU from some point during Tabula Rasa, when the crystal doesn’t get broken, but instead falls into the hands of The Trio who insert the trapped memories into the computer game ‘Baldur’s Gate 2: Shadows of Amn’. Events bearing some similarities to those in [livejournal.com profile] kallysten and [livejournal.com profile] kantayra’s excellent story Tabula Rasa Ad Aeternum took place off-screen during the earlier chapters of this story.

Tabula Avatar Chapter Forty )

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A new chapter of Access All Areas, the Spike/Dawn story that I'm co-writing with [livejournal.com profile] curiouswombat, is up now. Chapter Eight, in which there is blood. Lots of it.

CW's Spike/Adult Dawn story Ten Years After, was very well received but if it had a flaw it was that it was perhaps a little fluffy and lacking in conflict. The late, sadly missed, [livejournal.com profile] nandibble commented If (as I hope) you continue this tale, please give some thought to throwing some powerful opposition into the mix to avoid blandness.

CW thought hard about this and recruited me to provide said opposition. The sequel is dedicated to Nan and we like to think that she would approve. The result is definitely not bland and, in this chapter, it is about as far from fluffy as you can get.

In other news; 'Tabula Avatar' was nominated in the previous round of the Spark and Burn Awards in the 'Best Crossover' section but there weren't enough nominees and it was carried forward to the next round. This time there are enough nominees and it is possible to vote for it - or, of course, for something else - in the Reader's Choice Poll. I haven't voted myself yet - you have to vote in almost all the categories, with no more than 3 blank votes, and I haven't yet had time to read enough entrants to make an informed vote in most categories - but I thought I'd better bring it to your attention.
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Belated Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] verboseartistry

Thanks to whoever sent me the anonymous gift on Valentine's (Acts of Random Kindness) Day.

I have spent today writing; but not any of my WIPs. Priority had to go to my part of Access All Areas, the Spike/Dawn story that I'm co-writing with [livejournal.com profile] curiouswombat, in which she's writing the good guys and I'm writing the bad guys. Chapter Five is up on her journal now.

This is Spike/Dawn more than ten years after 'Chosen' and so most of the issues that might put readers off the pairing don't apply. It's the sequel to Ten Years After, in which Dawn discovered that she seemed to have stopped aging at twenty and began to investigate her background as the Key, with assistance from (and, eventually, romantic involvement with) Spike. In 'Access All Areas' that investigation leads the pair to Prague and pits them against villains old and new - and extremely dangerous.

Tomorrow I'll return to my own stories - although I may well be called upon to provide my part of Chapter Six fairly soon.
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Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends

and Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] priscellie

I received some extremely venomous feedback recently. I posted this drabble at 'Twisting the Hellmouth' and someone reviewed it thus:
I have to say this is story was complete dribble, and resembles the work of a 5 year old with too much time on their hands. In the words of Jay Pinkerton, reading this is quite literally "like going to the bathroom after a six-burrito lunch, and the toilet paper is YOUR EYES."

Surely that level of vitriolic condemnation is entirely inappropriate for a drabble? Even were it the worst drabble ever written (and I had quite a few favourable comments and so it can't have been that bad, can it?) how bad can 100 words be?

The TtH account is newly created and this is the only review it has posted. Strange. I wondered if it might be a sock puppet specifically for the purposes of a personal attack on me, but the TtH mods say that no other users from that IP address have ever posted there. And I'm not aware of having any Internet enemies.

Anyway, I'm not going to let it upset me. I'll press on with 'Dojo Hard', which is within sight of the end after my burst of 3 chapters in 4 days, and hopefully I'll get it finished this week.

And on to a more pleasant Sock Puppet. The incredible [livejournal.com profile] shadowscast recently posted a story by that name at [livejournal.com profile] fall_for_sx and it is utterly wonderful. Even if (like me) you're not a Slash reader this is well worth reading. Simply superb. Sock Puppet. Praise her with great praise.
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[livejournal.com profile] 1001waysto_dust is for stories in which Angel gets dusted. There are only half a dozen there so far; three of them are drabbles that I wrote and that I haven't yet posted here. Go and read, and preferably join in.

[livejournal.com profile] wellofcreation is for "original fiction and/or fanfiction containing original characters". Again there's not much there so far. I've posted "Deid Canny" there and I might post "The Cloak of Mist" there at some time in the future. Doesn't have to be Buffyverse, any fandom is welcome. Original Characters have to be major characters and, in a multi-chapter work, present for at least 50% of the time. Jerusha? Anybody?

In other news: my holiday and days off are over now; back to work tonight. The pace of fic writing will slow down to a crawl for the next five days. Sorry I didn't get any "Sunnydale Passions" done; but I'm halfway through the next "Dojo Hard" and "Love Potion #9" chapters. With luck they'll go up once these five nights at work are over. TTFN!
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Fic rec: I haven’t posted any recs for ages, and this isn’t because there isn’t good stuff being written. Rather the reverse, in fact, because there’s more good stuff around than I can keep up with. I’m sure that there are some that I have read where I’ve been in so much of a rush that I haven’t left feedback. There is one story, however, that I simply have to rec. Masks and Mirrors by [livejournal.com profile] pfeifferpack. An ingenious S5 tale that goes AU from ‘Forever’ in a twist unlike anything that I’ve ever seen anyone do before. WIP, 4 chapters complete so far, but she hasn’t put them into Memories yet and so you’ll have to go forward from the Ch. 1 that I’ve linked. She’s aiming for weekly updates. It’s not beta read at present but that doesn’t show apart from an occasional typo. Quite simply delightful.

New WIP from me: I had planned to work on the next chapter of ‘Sunnydale Passions’, to be titled ‘Nights of the Gnu Republic’, today, but I can’t get into the right frame of mind. Instead I’m working on the next ‘Tabula Avatar’ chapter. Hopefully that will go up tomorrow although home decorating commitments may interfere. My new WIP (see below) won’t interfere; it’s low priority because I’ve got 2 months in which to complete it and it’s going to be fairly short.

I know that a lot of you are not reading ‘Tabula Avatar’ because of the crossover element but taking ‘Twisting the Hellmouth’ into consideration it is actually proving to be my most popular story ever. I even discovered someone on a non-BtVS board rather grudgingly describing it as flawed but the best of a bad bunch on TtH. Not an opinion I agree with, and other people on the board jumped in immediately with a heated defence of Marcus Rowland ([livejournal.com profile] ffutures), but it amused me nonetheless. By contrast ‘Lonely on the Mountain’, which I thought would win me a whole new audience, went down like a lead balloon (or Walloon!) in the Xander-centric fic world. TA is easy to write, I can whip off a chapter in half of the time that it takes to write anything else, and so it will remain my primary focus for the foreseeable future.

The new story, ‘Love Potion #9’, is lower priority. I’m writing this for the [livejournal.com profile] seven_seasons community in which May and June will be devoted to Season 3. It’s a Spuffy community and I haven’t done S3 Spuffy before. I do have an S3 sequel planned for the S2 story The Hounds of Love, but it’s going to be a short, with more jokes and fighting than romance, and I wanted to do something more specifically along the lines of the community’s raison d’être. Spuffy is where I first made my mark (although I’m not really any kind of shipper, I just like there to be a romance going on between swordfights and I don’t really care who it’s between) and I need to keep my hand in.

I intend to have it finished before I post it there – this is not going to be an epic, probably something around the 20,000 words mark at most – but I’m going to put it up here as a WIP so that I can make changes if it doesn’t strike the right chords with readers. I’m putting Chapter One up today simply because [livejournal.com profile] alwaysjbj has just posted a rather neat little Spuffy ficlet set during ‘Lover’s Walk’ and that is exactly where this story kicks off. As you will see, however, this universe diverges from canon in one important respect even before the event that triggers the story. It’s an ‘insert Dawn here’ fic.

This chapter is 2,450 words. Rating PG-13 so far, I think, but I’ll crank it up to R later.

Love Potion Number 9: Part 1 )
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Happy birthday to

[livejournal.com profile] denny_dc and to the sublime [livejournal.com profile] shadowscast

I’m late in my time-zone - but not in their zones. Good thing the world is round, innit?

I’ve been nominated for another award; “Angel of the Morning” is nominated as Best Unconventional Romance (Willow/Spike) and Best Characterisation (Willow) at the Sunnydale Memorial Awards. Thanks to whoever nominated me.

And the Bedtime Story Awards inform me that I am eligible for the 2005 Readers’ Choice Award, and if I would like to participate I have to choose one of my two stories nominated during the year (Everything Stops for Tea, Crocodile Rock) to represent me. I haven’t yet decided if I’ll take them up on it.

My lost computer has been found, but I haven’t got it back yet. It hadn’t been lost by the courier at all; Acer had logged the receipt as a dispatch, and it had been sitting there all the time with nothing happening. They’ve replaced the motherboard and sent it back now, but it hasn’t reached the Island yet and won’t be here until Monday at the earliest.

And I’ve been promoted. It won’t make any difference to my salary, but as of January I’m officially Deputy Team Leader of the Night Shift.

Which, in a roundabout way, reminds me to pimp [livejournal.com profile] keswindhover’s incredible BtVS/Discworld crossover “Dwarfbread”, in which Buffybot joins the Ankh-Morpork Night Watch. Funnier and truer to Discworld than anything Terry Pratchett has written in at least the last 7 years. It’s in her memories HERE, as “Buffybot Story 2”. You don’t have to have read the two previous stories (“Buffybot Behind Bars” and “Buffybot’s Birthday Adventure”) to follow “Dwarfbread” but they’re wonderful stories too and well worth reading. The best place to find them is her website HERE.

And now I’d better get on with some writing.
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Pimp time. Ten Years After, by [livejournal.com profile] curiouswombat, is now complete. It’s a Spike/Dawn tale that avoids most of the “eww” factor in that pairing; because this, as the title implies, is an adult Dawn.

It’s a gentle tale, not high on action and suspense, described as ‘charming’ by several readers. The rating overall is at least R and possibly heading into NC-17 for fairly explicit sex. 22 chapters, 70,000 words.

Summary: It is ten years after Chosen, nine years after Not Fade Away, and Dawn is a beautiful young woman of 26 going on 27. However she hasn't changed physically since she was 20, and she is beginning to suspect that being The Key is still having an effect on her life …

The link above is to Chapter One. The chapter index is in memories HERE (in a slightly jumbled order, unfortunately). The final chapter, 22, is HERE

I haven't done any writing at all so far on these 5 nights off; I went out for a meal with my work colleagues last night, and when I got home I played "Medal of Honour: Allied Assault: Breakthrough" for hours. I've been playing it all today as well. I've owned that expansion for about a year and I hadn't even broken the shrink wrap, and it's about time I got some use out of it.

I might get "Angel of the Morning" finished over the next couple of days, but no promises.
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"Savage Beauty" has been nominated in two categories at the Spuffy Awards. In one of them you could even vote for it if you wanted. http://www.flesh-for-fantasy.com/SpuffyAwards/

Makes up a bit for the seething jealously I'm feeling over [livejournal.com profile] frimfam's dramatic explosion into the Superstar category with her wonderful new story. And [livejournal.com profile] curiouswombat threatening to take my pole position within the family (she's been better than me at writing smut for ages, but because it was in the Roxyverse nobody but me and [livejournal.com profile] appomatoxco knew that).

Off to work now, for another ten hours of being battered and bemused by the stupidity of mankind (especially pointy-haired senior management).

ETA: for frimfam read [livejournal.com profile] frimfram, and for appomatoxco read [livejournal.com profile] appomattoxco. I was in a dreadful rush.
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Then felt I when some watcher of the skies
When some new planet swims into his ken
Or possibly his barbie.

[livejournal.com profile] frimfram has finally started posting her Victorian William story The Other Side of the Tracks. I've been looking forward to it for ages and it hasn't disappointed. Sheer magic. William, Dru, railway stations, gratuitous bloodshed, sex, and (appearing in a future chapter) Arthur Conan Doyle.

If you don't fear WIPs go read. If you do, be comforted by the knowledge that she's written a lot more than has been posted so far. She is AWESOME.

[livejournal.com profile] curiouswombat has made substantial progress with her first long story, a Dawn future fic, and will be posting chapter one soon, probably tonight. I might be a little biased but I think it's pretty damn good too. Look out for it on her LJ.

Now off to grab a quick shave before I rush off to work.
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belated Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] elenorlaura and Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] el_payasito (Essi)

I'll be posting again in 11 hours or so to promote the first chapter of a wonderful new Victorian William story by [livejournal.com profile] frimfram.

Off to bed now.
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Panic-stricken last minute dashes’R Us: a random assortment of writers I want to praise. I hope no-one missed the Magnificent Seven writers I recced yesterday; the “Savage Beauty” update seems to have eclipsed my earlier post.

A Fistful of Writers )
Now, although there are undoubtedly wonderful writers left unpraised, and I’m sure I’ll kick myself for omissions later, I’ll have to stop. I’m going to post this, reply to some comments, and then get on with putting Chapter 6 of “Savage Beauty” on fanfic.net and on my website.

And on with collecting buttons and putting them on the site for my nominations. Not only did “Savage Beauty” get nominated for the LoveBite Awards, I’ve just been informed of FOUR nominations for it at “Love’s Last Glimpse”. Best WIP, Comedy/Fluff, Romance, and Fantasy. Again the nomination url is fanfic.net, so it probably wasn’t anyone I know who nominated me, but thanks anyway to whoever it was. Squee! I’ve never had so many nominations before.
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With only one day to go this is the time for abandoning my careful themed approach and just frantically spewing out a batch of names with nothing in common except sheer quality. One more day to go, too many great authors still unpraised.

The Magnificent Seven )
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Today I've spent all the spare moments between taking calls in working out who to feature tonight. That was a total of one minute 37 seconds, so my planning hasn't progressed very far! So I'll plunge into one of my obsessions and probably miss out someone obvious.

The theme for tonight will be Spike/Tara. Not that these authors do only Spara, and not that others I've already recced don't. but these seem to fit this grouping particularly well.

The Vampire, the Witch, and the Writers )


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