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This LJ and I need to get friendly again...but I'm missing my writing buddy terribly (all of you, think happy Earthlink thoughts in Seattle's direction, please), so just a laundry list for now.

Fic: I'm a solid month behind on reading fic except for that which I beta. If you've posted some wonderful snippets or fics to LJ or to the lists recently, I apologize profusely for the lack of feedback. I know without reading that it's wonderful stuff, especially the post GID stuff. And I'll get around to it tonight, I hope. (yes, that means you, lanieday and ljs! Petals and Sargasso are at the top of my list, with all the wonderous GID fics and snippets and whatever other fabulous fic you folks have so graciously provided.)

Friends and other fun stuff: I friended a few new folks recently -- don't feel obligated to friend me back. I add friends to my list 'cause I like to read what they write. No other reason. It doesn't stand to reason that a stranger would find what little I put here equally compelling, so *don't don't don't* feel obligated. But this does remind me: does anybody else go LJ-friends-friends hopping to find new and fascinating stuff to read?

Recs I really, truly need some serious Giles pov/mood pieces. Gen is of the good. Fluff is *not*. Rec me whatever fic you think of as having *the* best Giles voice ever in it? Pretty please? And I've already read everything Lori's written ;-) I'm hoping for some non-ship Giles here, btw...

Rec lists Y'all go check This out in surfal666's journal. Would you, could you, on a stick? Would you, could you, with a brick? I'd just love to have an easy place to go find good BtVS fic that's neither All!About!Spike (don't stone me!!!) nor so full of stuffed-shirtedness I don't even want to rec things there...

Okay, enough for now. I'm going to try to discipline myself to write something tonight. See you folks 'round the bend.

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10zlaine
Feb. 22nd, 2003 04:30 pm (UTC)
I do hop the friends-friends, but I'm always scared to add people, because they don't know who the hell I am, and they may not recognise me from list, and I get all weird thinking people might think I'm weird or feel obligated to add me when my posts are so b.o.r.i.n.g.

But, I actually am just a big, weird, paranoid dork.
10zlaine
Feb. 22nd, 2003 04:39 pm (UTC)
And then to make things absolutely more scary? Right after I post this, I see that Herself just added me, and now I'm feeling all really intimidated, because, well, wow. God, for some reason, I feel like my posts have to be entertaining with all these very wonderful writers who may be reading, and I'm so really not. Oh, yes. Weenie I am.
chrisjournal
Feb. 22nd, 2003 08:48 pm (UTC)
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We are *all* dorks, Tammy dear. Someday you're even going to believe me when I say that. I swear I'm going to wring your neck in Tampa if you hide from us...
10zlaine
Feb. 22nd, 2003 08:54 pm (UTC)
There will be NO hiding. You'll be sick of the sight of me and my loud, uncouth mouth.
claudia_yvr
Feb. 23rd, 2003 12:37 am (UTC)
I do hop the friends-friends, but I'm always scared to add people, because they don't know who the hell I am, and they may not recognise me from list, and I get all weird thinking people might think I'm weird or feel obligated to add me when my posts are so b.o.r.i.n.g.

I just did the friends-friends hopping and just added you as an LJ friend. For heaven's sake don't feel weirded out or obligated to reciprocate!
10zlaine
Feb. 23rd, 2003 10:23 am (UTC)
Nah, that's cool, because I'd scanned yours before but didn't add--because, well, I am a shy weenie. So, neat!
stateless82
Feb. 22nd, 2003 05:49 pm (UTC)
I do lots of friend hopping and interests surfing. Which means I have way too many journals bookmarked.

I wish I had a nice Giles story to rec, I'll keep an eye out, but you must promise to share any that come your way as well.

I'll be reading Petals later on. Thank you for that one.

and a fuss free, general fic rec list, wouldn't be a bad thing. I miss the occasional fic spotting posts that used to pop up on the lists.
chrisjournal
Feb. 22nd, 2003 08:47 pm (UTC)
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I'm about to embark on Sargasso right now -- and going back to reread the prologue, first, too. But see my reply to Shadowlass below -- that one has a good Giles voice in it.
shadowlass
Feb. 22nd, 2003 07:21 pm (UTC)
I don't have any specific recs, but this is a huge recs page with lots of great fics linked, for all the characters.
chrisjournal
Feb. 22nd, 2003 08:35 pm (UTC)
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Oh! There's a good one here, Shadowlass. I thought I'd read all of Miranda's fic, but not this one: Healing
sajj
Feb. 22nd, 2003 10:15 pm (UTC)
I go friend hopping looking for compatible, interesting LJ'ers. You're not alone. Also, just to let you know, I find your journal interesting and that is why I friended you. Not because you friended me first.
chrisjournal
Feb. 22nd, 2003 10:18 pm (UTC)
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Why thank you, ma'am! Your fic chapter post is on my list once I finish marvelling at ljs's Sargasso this evening...

And, I don't know if I told you or not, but your 'voice' posting is a part of my everyday thinking about writing, now.
sajj
Feb. 22nd, 2003 10:27 pm (UTC)
... your 'voice' posting is a part of my everyday thinking about writing, now.

Thanks for telling me that. I was actually hesitant to post those thoughts.

Actually, my fic post is just of a scene from the chapter I'm working on. I'd love your feedback when you get around to it. I have been, honestly, truly, not kissing up here, meaning to look at the piece you recently posted. Soon.

chrisjournal
Feb. 22nd, 2003 10:29 pm (UTC)
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*g* Somehow, reading your journal, I don't see you as the kiss-up type! Feel free to leave the snippet alone, too -- it's so tiny as to be inconsequential. I'm dancing around *something* with Willow and Giles, but it hasn't quite gelled yet. His voice, the way I hear it in my head, is elusive.
sajj
Feb. 22nd, 2003 10:37 pm (UTC)
I think Giles' character is elusive, hidden behind stereotypical British behavior, with the little pieces of history we have of him as Ripper. I had not thought of a Willow/Giles ship until recently when I saw a pic of them in the doorway of his house in England. And at that moment the possibility flashed through my mind. I'm going to hunt down your snippet before I go to bed.
chrisjournal
Feb. 22nd, 2003 10:39 pm (UTC)
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Yes! The scene in Beneath You, where he sends her back...just exactly that. What must have happened over the summer, between those two?
sajj
Feb. 22nd, 2003 10:42 pm (UTC)
Exactly! How far along are you in your story?
chrisjournal
Feb. 22nd, 2003 10:56 pm (UTC)
Grr. Got those links all wrong. Let's try it again.

First
Second
Third

And this comes somewhere, as it's what started it all, but I haven't yet found its spot. I think it's somewhere in between the plane and the kitchen, but really I'm not sure yet.

Rough

sajj
Feb. 23rd, 2003 06:09 pm (UTC)
Hi Chris,

As you were putting links together, I was scanning your journal. But I missed "Rough", so glad you sent me the URL. Your writing is gorgeous. I love how you write from the inside out, giving Willow and Giles unusual depth. This is a wonderful piece. I like the little bits of it. Where can I find your other fics? I'll check around your LJ for clues.
chrisjournal
Feb. 23rd, 2003 06:16 pm (UTC)
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They're all hanging out at the Sandlot. Some of them make me cringe now, but they were at least all heartfelt *g*

My stuff

Of course, you must now share your link!
sajj
Feb. 23rd, 2003 06:27 pm (UTC)
I was just scanning your stories on Sandlot. What a nice website. Aesthetically pleasing. If you have a story you prefer me sampling, let me know. Otherwise, I'll just intuitively pick.

I'm finishing up my webpage this evening. I'll have it up later. The URL will be on my LJ. I have to say I'm feeling a slight inner cringing thinking of you reading my story, after reading your W/G pieces. I'm actually proud of my fic because I've worked hard on it and it has many strengths. But it's my first effort at writing any fiction, so it doesn't have the depth and polish I aspire toward. But please read it anyway when you have time. Feedback is always helpful.
chrisjournal
Feb. 23rd, 2003 06:29 pm (UTC)
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LOL! You won't cringe anymore if you read some of what I've written. I'm a mere beginner. I think the one I'm happiest with is Rest, a tiny little ficlet. But pick what sounds good to you--I'm not ashamed of the learning process *g*

I'll head off to doodle around in your url as soon as I finish up tonight's project plans...something new is always good!
sajj
Feb. 23rd, 2003 06:38 pm (UTC)
So, Rest it is.

I'm usually not queasy about my story. I'm promoting it shamelessly on my site. It just came over me after reading yours. But, yes, no shame here. Learning is good.
claudia_yvr
Feb. 23rd, 2003 12:28 am (UTC)
I add friends to my list 'cause I like to read what they write. No other reason. It doesn't stand to reason that a stranger would find what little I put here equally compelling, so *don't don't don't* feel obligated.

Right back at ya!


But this does remind me: does anybody else go LJ-friends-friends hopping to find new and fascinating stuff to read?

Absolutely -- this is exactly how I stumbled across your LJ :-)
ljs
Feb. 23rd, 2003 05:13 am (UTC)
Oh, my dear,it's so nice of you to tell me you're reading my fic. But take care of yourself and your RL stuff first, and write on your own story... follow your bliss. :-)

L.
chrisjournal
Feb. 23rd, 2003 08:56 am (UTC)
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HA!

I stayed up into the *wee* hours reading the whole thing, from end-to-end. Went all the way back to the beginning, even. It's been quite a while since I did that, and I just love it. What a story. I mean, it was what-a-story when it was just Unlocked, but the whole thing, taken all together -- wow.

What others have said is true -- you've made Giles your own, but it's in a way that works. You've given Anya that something too. Love how you tie up all the S7 ends so neatly, and I know you were stewing a bit over how this is different from your earlier work, but I *adore* the dark and hard edge that's here. The mystical imagery alone is worth much, but it's the sheer originality that grabbed me and stayed with me til mumble-mumble a.m.

Follow my bliss indeed. If you only knew how distant I've been from it of late, and how much enjoying this means.

Thanks, Lori!
ljs
Feb. 23rd, 2003 10:43 am (UTC)
Oh, thank YOU, Chris! Thank you thank you thank you. :-)

That feedback is so kind and specific that it makes me feel worlds better. Bless.

(And I hope you get to take a nap today.)

L.
chrisjournal
Feb. 23rd, 2003 11:40 am (UTC)
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Ahhh, Lori. I'm glad it makes you happy. I mean every word of it. The longer I spend in this writing universe, the more I realize how solitary an endeavor it is, and the more I want to help relieve the aloneness when I can.

I didn't mention this before, but you know, that epilogue reads suspiciously like a prologue. I'll read if there's more you want to tell in this 'verse. But I wonder if you realize just how close you are to an original series/universe? This fic is reliant on the Whedonverse primarily for characterization, and little else. And it reminds me of Zelazny's Amber universe. There's enough here to build a commercial novel or three around, what with the doors and the cards and the Reverend and Marcus and Angela and... well, you get the picture. I'd love to read more of this Keeper business, regardless of when or how.
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