March 8, 2008

In Ur Base, Reading Ur Fic

This is the most cracktastic piece of fic. I really and truly was weeping with laughter.

to Communicate

Why do you need to go read this? It's Torchwood/LOLcats. Really.


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September 25, 2007

My Fic Is Grateful For The News!

Considering I'm writing a 'mirror universe' fic currently, and have written a few others in the past!

Parallel universes exist - study

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July 31, 2007


Then you may find answers here. Transcript of a webchat with J.K. Rowling

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July 26, 2007

Revisiting Harry Potter

But don't read this till you've read the book! (unless you like being spoiled)

Author gives details on events after the book's final epilogue

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July 22, 2007

The Deathly Hallows

I hadn't planed on reading Harry Potter this weekend, but I suspected Nin would really want me to, since she finished it Sat. morning. And I was right, she really, really wanted me to read so she could talk about it, so I read a bit, did chores, read some more, made dinner, read some more, did laundry. You get the idea [g]

So what did I think? See the extended entry...

What I really wanted out of this book, I got. Snape was vindicated. Fewer people died than I thought were going to, though I always said one of the twins was going to be killed before the end, and I was right [sniff] Overall, I thought it was a good ending, and I'm very glad she did an epilogue -- Albus Severus! [another sniff]

And that about covers it. I'll leave the blow by blow reaction posts to other people!

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July 18, 2007

Who Is Snape?

Excellent essay by Orson Scott Card.

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July 11, 2007

Fic: 'Amongst the Stars'

Keeping good on my threat to post some of my fic here!

Rated PG, Highlander, Gen, 400 words, Methos, Duncan, and a bottle of whisky.

Amongst the Stars

Okay, I give up. Will give you a link instead. Can't get rid of the “There’s crud! Even tried saving it as plain text first too.

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June 14, 2007

'I Remember You Not Fondly'

My latest story, a WIP, but six parts up so far.

Rating: PG13
Fandom Highlander
Warnings/Notes: A story in my Bloodties series (No relation to the TV show), set in the Star Trek future/time line, WIP
Character(s): Methos, OFC, Kronos, Silas
Summary: When the past becomes part of the present, the consequences can be deadly for those around you.

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June 8, 2007

A Giant In the World of Dragons

J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Children of Hurin' is on my to read table. Might even try to get to it this weekend. In the meantime, here's an article on the book (though they keep spelling 'Hurin', 'Hurim'!)

An excerpt:

....Indeed, it is a tale of unremitting blackness. The elves we meet here are even icier and more callous than those of the Lost Tales; and the hero is so flawed, so "wronged" and so ruthless, and so weighed down with suffering that his death is something of a relief.

Only at the very end does his father return from Morgoth to find what has happened and to watch their mother, Morwen, in despondency. It would make a wonderful opera.

Now the army of Tolkien imitators and creators of alternative universes fill the fantasy sections of the libraries. They are books largely written by and for nerds.

Yet with the master, it isn't so. In this new book, as in The Silmarillion, you feel yourself in the presence of a personal genius.

It is an odd thing to say, since his aim was to create an impersonal mythology, and you can see the affinities it has with Hebrew, Greek and Nordic equivalents. The ineluctable tendency for events to go wrong, and for the beautiful and the delicate to be vanquished, knows no let-up.

Yet, though there is not one word of preaching in The Children of Hurim, you never doubt that it is worth being good, even though evil triumphs.

You close it thinking how extraordinary was the life of Tolkien, who for well over half a century, while pursuing an academic career, continued to evolve - unpublished and without much encouragement - a self-contained world of myth.

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June 7, 2007

'Simple Pleasures'

Today's Lunch Hour Drabble

Rated PG13, in the extended entry.

Simple Pleasures

Methos had always believed that simple pleasures were best.

A bottle of wine, a loaf of fresh bread. Sitting on the porch holding the hand of the one you loved as the long summer twilight lengthened into dark. Listening in companionable silence as the frogs and crickets began their night song. Taking a deep breath, inhaling the delicate scent of flowers, warmed by the sun, releasing their perfume into the dark. And the simplest pleasure of all: claiming the lips of your lover with your own, reminding them night was beginning, and the hours before morning were meant for pleasure.

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Way back when, I used to post my fic here. Once I set up my Live Journal, I stopped. Though I should remember to post the links to new stories here (if anyone has actually missed seeing them, of course) (probably not). But I think I will start posting my drabbles here. Yes, yes, try to contain your excitement!

A drabble, if you didn't know, is a story exactly 100 words long. I'd never written one before last year, and now I've come to quite enjoy them. I tend to write most of them on my lunch, so I started calling them my Lunch Hour Drabble Series :)

So look for one in a bit.

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May 15, 2007

April 5, 2007

Children of Hurin

A trailer for the new Tolkien novel, The Children of Hurin.

It's on my Wish List!

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Today is the day that the virtual book tour for Synergy makes a stop here at A&C. Authour M. D. Benoit will be here most of the day to answer your questions in general, and more specifically on the theme of this stop on the tour:

There are three themes that appear in Synergy, two of which pretty much crop up in all my writing. The themes are water, time, and, in Synergy’s case bioethics.

Water. I was raised around water: my hometown has a river running through it (wasn’t that a movie title?) and as a child I spent my summers at the lake. As we step into this new millennium, scientists are already talking about water shortages, droughts and riots for the near future. We take water for granted. In Synergy, the world is slowly coming out of a global thirty-year drought; the villain (yes, there is one) is obsessed with owning his own desalination water plants, which will allow him to control a great portion of the world. The city —the Greater Ottawa Metropolis —is under a melting heat wave. Growing gardens is an anathema since it wastes precious water, yet Laslo Radic, the man who is the catalyst for the story, has a small garden outside his office window as a sign of his economic and social status. Like time, water flows through the story.

Time. This book came to life in part because of my own collision with time. There I was, minding my own, when all of a sudden, smack. Time hit me in the face and showed me how fast it was going while, in my head at least, I thought it stood still. Time can be as insubstantial or as concrete as water. It trickles, flows, rushes, freezes. Time surrounds us, carries us, runs through us. We can’t rewind it, or speed it up. In Synergy my two main characters, Torver Lockwood and Demetria Greyson, defy time each in their own unique way. Torver travels people’s lifepaths, sees into their past, and uses their deepest secrets. Demetria has visions of the future. Together, their synergy will allow them to manipulate the silver thread of their lifepaths to find the cure for a deadly disease.

Bioethics. Synergy is the first of three novels that explores ethics in science, and specifically ethics in genetic engineering. In 2096, people own their genetic code, and it is illegal to perform human genetic research without government approval. Yet, strange mutations are cropping up at an alarming rate. One of them threatens the life of Laslo Radic’s child. Defying the law, he hires Torver Lockwood and Demetria Greyson to find a cure before the disease kills his son. When Torver finds the solution, he realizes that his cure could also be used as a targeting genetic weapon.

Synergy asks difficult questions. Should scientist be burdened with ethical conduct? Does the acquisition of knowledge, pure or applied, justify the possible consequences and dangers inherent in advancing science? When a scientist knows in advance that his/her research results could be used in a negative way should he/she conduct the research? Who gets to decide? The scientist? The institution? Government? Philosophers and ethicists have been debating these issues for as long as science existed, and I don’t presume to answer them in Synergy, or to even offer an opinion. I hope, though, that my readers will take enough from the story to ask themselves these kinds of questions. They are important. The answers may —and probably will —affect life as we know it.

You can read the first chapter here.

Ask your questions here in the comments of this post.

I think the problems with commenting have been solved -- at least, no one's complained lately [g] If you log in to type key and it still won't let you make a comment, leave the blog entirely and then reenter, and that should solve the problem. But I'm hopeful that's no longer a problem [keeps fingers crossed] I've instituted open commenting for today.

If you're unable to comment, please email me (edithna (at) yahoo (,) com) your questions and I'll post them for you.

I hope you enjoy this day of the book tour! And thanks to M.D. for choosing A&C as one of her stops!

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April 4, 2007

Calendar of Events

Just a reminder that Dominique Benoit will be here tomorrow to discuss her new novel, and Friday is Tartan Day and the Fourth Annual Gathering of the Blogs.

Hope to see you here!

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April 2, 2007

Virtual Book Tour

Just a reminder that Dominique Benoit will be here on Thursday to discuss her new novel. She'll be answering your questions in general, and on the theme of this stop on the tour, a discussion of the three main themes of the
story: time, bioethics, and water.

You can read an interview with her here.

Hope to see you here Thursday!

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March 20, 2007

The Offical Word

From 28 March to 11 April, M. D. Benoit will be going on a virtual book tour to promote her upcoming alternate reality novel, Synergy. During that period, ten people will host her on their blog for one day. There will be discussions on the book, Synergy, its themes, characters, interviews with the author, reviews of the book, etc.

Every day, on her own blog, Life's Weirder than Fiction, she will announce where she will be that day, as well as talk a bit about her host.

Synergy's Virtual Book Tour will culminate with a Virtual Book Launch, on 14-15 April. M. D. can be contacted at mdbenoit (at) gmail (dot) com.

And it happens here on April 5, 2007

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March 16, 2007

Virtual Book Tour

This blog is going to be a stop on the virtual book tour for M. D. Benoit's new novel 'Synergy'.

The date is April 5, 2007, and the authour will be here on the blog that day to discuss her book and themes relating to it. She'll also be answering your questions in the comments. I'll post more details closer to the date.

You can find out more about the book here.

I've never participated in something like this before, so if you have any questions, feel free to ask!

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November 5, 2006

'Lavender at Midnight'

My latest fic, this one written for a Halloween challenge, can be found here.

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September 4, 2006


Hope everyone is having a good weekend! Just wanted to check in, let you know I'm still around. Comments are still not working, so email is your contact option right now. I did put up a new story a bit ago, it's a 'postscript' to Takasago's Pines and it can be found here.

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August 9, 2006

'Takasago's Pines'

My latest longish fic is up and posted. A little different that it's an inserted scene into the Highlander episode 'Forgive Us Our Trespasses. A story in my usual series.

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August 5, 2006

Two for One

I've posted two new stories.


Cock-Eyed Optimist

Both in the short to very short range.

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August 3, 2006

Books Are Sexy

.... For those of you troubled by the lingering idea (instilled in youth by parents obsessed with the benefits of "enjoying the sunshine") that a life spent reading is a life half-lived, your worries are over. Not only does sitting with your nose in a book positively influence others' opinion of you, it could actually - get this - lead to sex. A third of those surveyed said that they "would consider flirting with someone based on their choice of literature". It's finally official, people. Reading is hot.

Well, duh! Just think about that photo from the Source that's floating around with Methos holding the book. Yes, there's another one of him all kitted out in leather, but it's the book pic that's sexy. Not to mention I spent my entire childhood with my nose in a book, and I refuse to blame reading for being a dork. Heh.

The rest of the article is here.

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July 27, 2006

A Tour Around the Bookshelf

As you may ro may not know, I'm fascinated by anything to do with pioneers, and have been since I was a little girl. I'm particularly interested in the experiences of women who came West, and collect books on the subject. Last night I was reading a volume of Wagon Train Women, this one dealing with letters and diaries of women from 1860-65. There's a whole series, but I picked up this one since it was the time period my great great grandparents came to CA. I'm also rereading 'The Gentle Tamers' and Isabella Bird's 'A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains', which her first person account of her trip in 1873. Another favourite, though it got packed with most of my books that went to Utah, 'They Saw the Elephant: Women in the California Gold Rush'. Now that book I really wanted to reread...

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July 6, 2006

'Should the Dawn Return'

New fic on my LJ... here it be.

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June 9, 2006

'Let Not Your Heart Be Tribbled'

A little ficlet featuring Methos, Joe, and Duncan, in a bar. I suppose that technically, it's a crossover, but pretty much if you know what a Tribble is, you're set :)

I had fun writing it, so I hope you have fun reading it!

Story in the extended entry...

'Let Not Your Heart Be Tribbled'

What is it? Methos drew back from the trilling pillow of fur sitting in Duncans palm, the expression on his face a study in distaste.

Duncan MacLeod of the Clan MacLeod looked down at the creature with an almost beatific gaze. Its a tribble.

A what? Joe Dawson asked, his nose wrinkling as if he smelled something particularly foul.

A tribble, he said once more.

We got that part, Methos said with a note of long suffering patience. But what is it?

He glanced up at his companions, finally noticing that they werent quite as enraptured as he was. Its He paused, searching for the words. Finally, with a look of triumph, he said, Its the only love money can buy!

Methos coughed in mid-swallow of the rather excellent Aldebaran ale that the bar here on Deep Space Station K-7 served. Oh, I dont know. I think you could buy rather a lot of love from your friend over there. He nodded towards a gray skinned humanoid female her metallic leotard revealing more skin than there was fabric -- who had been eyeing the Highlander with lascivious interest since theyd first sat down. Joe snorted, shaking his head.

The other man pouted. Very funny.

Oh, I thought so, Methos replied, grinning broadly.

He thrust the furry creature at Methos, who held up his hands as if warding off some threat. Leave off, MacLeod! he protested, looking at the tribble as if it was a naked blade at his throat.

Just pet it, the other man insisted, his dark brown doe eyes pleading.

Shaking his head in disgust, Methos finally complied, reaching one finger tentatively towards the trilling ball of fur. As he touched it, the timbre of the trilling deepened. He pulled his hand back, looking at the creature suspiciously. There, I touched it. Now make it go away, he commanded, grimacing.

You cant tell me that you dont find it soothing, he protested, his expression one of hurt disbelief.

Soothing? It sounds like a tiny phaser on overload, and it looks like a pile of dust that you pulled out from under your bed!

Dust bunny, Joe supplied helpfully.

Yes! Dust bunny! Methos nodded emphatically. That dust bunny, is the most annoying thing Ive come across in several thousand years. Why, its more annoying than that time in Sumaria when I

I get the idea! Duncan interrupted quickly, warding off yet another one of the ancient Immortals stories of millennia past. Well, I think its lovely, he said softly. The trilling little alien creature he held in his hand once more had him entranced. The feeling seemed to be mutual as the purring sound that it made escalated.

His friends looked at each other, rolling their eyes.

I thought it would be a nice present for Triona, Duncan explained absently, not really paying attention to them.

You are not giving that thing to her! Methos protested vehemently, sitting up straight in his chair.

Not me! He looked at Methos as if he were a little slow. A present from you. You need to bring back something nice after a trip halfway across the galaxy to let her know you missed her. And shed love this tribble, I know she would.

Raising his eyebrows, he took a sip of his ale before saying, Believe me, Mac, she wont need any sort of gift for her to know I missed her.

This time it was Joe who choked on his Klingon Blood Wine. You are one smug bastard, old man. Methos just smirked, taking another swallow of his ale.

Oh come on! Joe, he turned his attention to the other man, you cant tell me that you dont think its perfect!

Joe sighed. It stinks, Mac, he pronounced.


I mean, it smells!

Smells? The Highlander sniffed the tribble gingerly. What are you talking about?

Its putrid! he exclaimed. This vampire nose knows a foul odor when he smells it and believe me, Triona will not like it anymore than I do!

Duncans pout had turned into full-blown kicked puppy face. It doesnt!

Methos exhaled sharply. If you want one so badly, then buy it!

He looked at the other men defensively. I dont want one! I just thought Triona would like it, thats all.

What? Too macho to admit you want one for yourself?

Macho? Does anyone use that word in the twenty-third century? Joe asked Methos shaking his head in amusement.

Fine! he snapped. Then get it for Amanda!

Duncan looked distressed. I dont think thats such a good idea.

Joe nodded. Yeah, I agree. Remember what happened when she brought home that Spotted Kervanan from Altos IV?

Oh! Right well, maybe a pet for Amanda isnt such a great idea, Methos agreed, remembering. All three men looked at the tribble.

Duncan began to speak, but the arrival of a portly man at their table interrupted him. Please excuse me, gentlemen, but I need my sample back! he said in a sing song voice. The lovely lady at the bar has expressed an interest, Im sure you understand! Quicker than the eye could follow, he plucked the tribble from Duncans hand and headed back to the bar where a beautiful Starfleet officer stood. Macs mouth hung open, watching as his tribble was handed to her.

Grinning, Joe looked at Duncan and Methos. So I wonder if they still sell souvenir t-shirts in the gift shop this century?


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May 22, 2006


Well, I decided to do something productive yesterday,and update my fiction archive. It's now totally up to date. So if you've been wanting to read any of my fic in a larger font than the teensy font on my LJ, now you can!

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May 20, 2006

'Now We Are Met Again'

I finally finished the Pirates of the Caribbean/Highlander xover! The first part is here.

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May 17, 2006

'Bajoran Holiday'

I was brave and participated in my first ever fic challenge. It's short, it's Methos, and it's here, if you're so inclined to read it.

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May 9, 2006

'The Tragedy That We Knew As The End '

My latest bit fic can be found here.

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Glory Be!

Men and women like different books! Really! They did a study and everything.

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April 25, 2006

'No Half Measures'

Another little ficlet completed and posted.

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April 21, 2006

Ficlet: A Smile and a Pretty Face

Since this is so short, I'm actually going to post it here for once :)

My attempt at something short. Probably the shortest thing Ive ever written.

A line of Methos in Shattered inspired this and I love writing Methos and LaCroix together (its a snark fest!), so there you go!


A Smile and a Pretty Face
c. 2006

1345, France, somewhere in the Ctes du Rhne

"Stop your incessant whining, Lucien! We will be in Marseille soon enough."

"We would be there now if not for your ridiculous pursuit of that wench in Avignon," LaCroix snarled.

Methos smiled serenely. "Perhaps you would have thought it less ridiculous if such a comely young thing preferred you to me." His tone indicated that such a thing was plainly not possible.

The vampire tugged at the sleeve of his black velvet cotehardie in irritation. "You are quite the most insufferably smug creature, Methos."

"Now, now. Envy is a sin you know." He glanced over at his traveling companion with a smirk. "You always were such an impatient youngster."

LaCroix controlled himself with visible effort. Methos had known him since he was twelve years old, and the ancient Immortal had never let him forget that irritating fact. "It is not impatience, as well you know. Nicholas is young, and I have been from his side long enough."

"Nonsense! Nicholas and Janette are happily ensconced in their love nest, and I am quite sure they neither require nor desire your presence." Methos brushed aside his 'nephew's' explanation. "We shall be here but one night and a day and will be on our way at sunset tomorrow. Im told that the Countess du Montagne is a woman of many 'appetites' and no doubt even you shall find enough to keep you distracted for the short time we will be here."

"You had best hope so, Methos," he replied with ill temper as they entered the drawing room.

"Hush, Lucien," he remonstrated as a servant greeted them, leading them to where his mistress held court.

She turned at their approach, her eyes instantly lighting on LaCroix. "My lords, the Countess du Montagne," the servant intoned.

They exchanged greetings, Methos noting that LaCroix's lips lingered overlong as he kissed the Countess's hand. It was more than obvious that they were quite taken with one another. Indeed, the Countess had an almost predatory gleam in her eye that was matched only by her guests own expression.

"I hope we shall have the pleasure of your company for some days," she said, her voice soft and musical.

"I regret that is not to be, Countess," Methos answered. "We must make haste for Marseille."

The Countess's expression of regret swiftly turned to one of delight at LaCroix's next words. "What lunacy! There is no pressing need for us to reach Marseille."

Are you quite sure, Lucien? Methos asked trenchantly. Did you not just tell me you had urgent business to attend to?

Glancing at the other man, he said, You are mistaken, before turning his attention once more to the lovely Countess du Montagne. Methos merely rolled his eyes, stepping away from the couple. LaCroix held the Countess's gaze, practically purring, "It will be my very great pleasure to tarry here for as long as you desire."

Indeed, my lord? I am sure we will both find our time together rewarding. She gave him a knowing look.

Leaning in, he whispered, Time will be something we have in abundance, this I promise you.


Note: if youre wondering about Methos knowing LaCroix since he was a child, you may find the answer here.

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April 16, 2006


My newest fic is up on my Live Journal. will pass along the archive link when I get it up on my archive.

A Bit Later: I got it done a little quicker than planned. The large print archive edition can be found here.

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April 15, 2006


Irreconcilable Differences is now on my archive, Tales From The Darkwood, for those that prefer the bigger font and it being in one whole piece :)

The sequel, I finished last night, and just need to find a beta reader so I can post it. It's called "Seriously". Will let you know when it goes up.

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April 11, 2006

Irreconcilable Differences

[drum roll] for deb, and everyone else who has asked, err, deb [g] the Highlander/Grey's Anatomy fic with the special guest starring role for House M.D. is up here. It's titled Irreconcilable Differences.

It'll be up on my website by the end of the week.

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April 10, 2006

What I Did With My Weekend

I wrote. And wrote and wrote and wrote. But the monster fic is done! Around 8pm last night, I still had no idea how it was going to end, or even a title, but then it came together in a flash. It's one of the largest stories I've written in a long time. It came in at 76k when I finished late last night. When I stopped writing on Friday evening, it was at 34k, so you see I did some major typing!

On the health front, I felt great on Saturday, but not so great yesterday. The tail end of the mid week tummy thing I guess. But at least this time I avoided throwing up. Always a good thing!

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April 3, 2006

Thank You!

Russ sent me the first two of the the all Creatures Great & Small Series! Yay! I look forward to rereading them. It's been years, so it will be like new :)

Thank you!

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Continuing Apace

I continue working on the Highlander/Grey's Anatomy crossover. It's kind of interesting, because after years of writing Methos in our Bloodties series, I'm writing a different Methos. When we started writing the Bloodties stories, Highlander was still on the air, and it was before the Horseman episodes, and even though what happened after was incorporated into later stories, it still colours that concept of Methos. So now, I'm starting fresh for this story, and I'm finding it a fascinating process. One can only hope my readers will find it equally so! Heh.

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March 28, 2006

Be Radio Shack

Cus I need answers :)

A few details I need for the Grey's/Methos fic I'm working on, and hoping one of my fine readers will know. Seven year intern program... is that just being an intern, or does that also include residency? Either/or what segment of time is that?

I'm trying to work out a timeline for placing flashbacks.

Thank you kindly in advance :)

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March 26, 2006

Don't Ask

Guess who's writing a Grey's Anatomy/Highlander crossover? Yeah, that would be me. Another of my dream stories pestering to be written.

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March 24, 2006

Vermilion Sea

I decided to create a Live Journal as another venue for my fic. You can find it here. So if you do the LJ thing, add me to your list!

Why Vermilion Sea? It's one of the geographical place names in my fic.

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March 20, 2006

Random Grrr

It really is bloody annoying that the majority of the well written adult themed fanfic out there is slash. If anyone has some hidden cache of het fanfic out there, let me know. Yeah, I know, it's just the way it is these days, but I'm allowed a grrr or two every now and then :)

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March 18, 2006


Just a note that my fic archive is now totally updated, up to and including the story I posted on Thursday. all the newer peices are labled as such, so they're easy to find.

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March 16, 2006

Broken Window

My newest fic, Broken Window, can be found here. This was the sad story I woke up with in my thoughts, that I was talking about last Friday.

It's definitely a Methos story this time around, with a guest appearence by Duncan MacLeod.

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March 13, 2006

Coming Soon -- Update

So I worked all Friday night and through the weekend on the story I mentioned last week. Right now, Sharon is looking it over for glaring grammar and punctuation problems, and once she'd done with it, I will put up on my archive. Currently, it's titled 'Broken Window'.

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March 10, 2006

Coming Soon

A really sad story. I woke up this morning with this story in my head, and so far, it hasn't gone away. To get rid of it will no doubt require actually writing it out, so that's probably how I'll spend my evening.

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March 2, 2006

First Sunrise

My latest fic is up on my archive: First Sunrise.

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A Matter Of Perspective

This will probably bore most of you to death, but hey... CB and I were at our monthly TownSquare meeting last night -- which no one showed up for as usual -- and since CB is writing a novel, we had a great discussion on writing, and I'd like to continue it here today.

The topic at hand today is: shifting perspectives within a scene. As in, you read what Tom is thinking and then what Sue is thinking. Now, I had that habit beaten out of me by some of my earliest beta readers/editors. It was a huge "NO! Don't do that!". However, lately, I've been trying to slow my reading down to actually pay attention to the actual mechanics and structure of the novel I'm reading, and I've noticed that some authours do shift perspective within a scene. CB sent me some stuff from a writing workshop on the subject last night, and during our discussion, she said that several famous authours do shift with abandon.

Now, I know several of my readers are writers, so I'm interested in your... perspective (couldn't resist).

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February 24, 2006

Now That's A Compliment

I finally got a review on one of the stories I put up on

I liked it. LC's not my favorite character but I like the backstory you made for him. I may just hate him a little less now.

Nice to find someone liked your story even though they hate the character!

Posted by Ith at 2:19 PM

February 15, 2006

Not In Kansas Any More

Tonight's Lost -- Henry Gale and a balloon crashing in an odd place.

Wizard of Oz, Dorothy's uncle, and the hot air balloon that figured in getting to Oz in one story.

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February 11, 2006

Interlude: Forgiveness

My newest story is up on the archive. Something of a vignette this time around.

This one is more Forever Knight than Highlander, but the next one will be Methos centric.

Posted by Ith at 8:25 PM

February 10, 2006

I'd put one story up there a few years back, and decided today to put a few more selections up to give my stories a little more exposure. If you've read my fic, and you've enjoyed it, feel free to leave a comment/review. I'll feel less pathetic that way -- j/k!

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February 5, 2006

A View From the Storm

My latest fic can be found here.

Posted by Ith at 5:58 PM

February 1, 2006

They Are Out There!

So this time, for Shattered, I've been getting feedback from the lists I've posted it too! After the near silence when I posted Fathers Christmas, I was beginning to think Forever Knight and Highlander fanfic fandom was dead. Granted, I write xovers, and not featuring the 'stars' Nick Knight, and Duncan MacLeod, but LaCroix and Methos instead, (though Nick actually was pivotal in this last fic, which is quite unusual for me) so that narrows my potential audience even more. I just can't seem to get into wrting fic in 'live' fandoms. Imagine if I wrote Harry Potter fic or Lost. If I were to do anything 'live' it would probably be House, but what I know about wrting a medical based story is zilch, so probably not going to happen. I have thought of posting the future stories with Picard on a Star Trek fic list, but haven't so far.

Anywho, It's just nice to know that there really are people reading -- certainly helps with the motivation to finish the stories I have in progress. Now if I could just finish "Now We Are Met Again". It's the third part of the trilogy I started several years ago, and I have about seven pages so far. Jack Sparrow walked into it, but I keep mentally revising the 'adventure'. I just need to pick something and stick to it!

Posted by Ith at 9:33 AM

January 27, 2006


That's the title of my latest Bloodties story, and it's done and up on my archive. Y'all were so supportive last time, I think I need to make fic announcements here a habit :)

Posted by Ith at 6:41 PM

Oh So Tempting

I'm this close to crossing Star Trek and Firefly in the universe of the series I write in. I've thought about it for months, it can be done! And Joss saying in the audio commentary for Serenity that he doesn't know what an ion cloud is and doesn't care, just soldified the ideas burbling around in my brain. At this piont, I'm thinking it will just be alluded to as part of another story I'm working on as opposed to actually writing something with Firefly characters, but characters have been known to have other ideas in the past!

Posted by Ith at 10:45 AM

January 17, 2006

Dragon Sails

This sounds like an interesting book:

Novik Mixes Sail And Dragon

Naomi Novik, author of the upcoming historical fantasy His Majesty's Dragon, told SCI FI Wire that she undertook the novel with only an era in mind"the Age of Sail and the time of the Napoleonic wars"and was able to flesh it out after she asked herself: What if there were dragons? (The book is due in March.)

"I've long had a passion for the language and the monumental, almost legendary quality of this time period and the contrast of enormous, world-shaping events taking place against the backdrop of an everyday life that is at the same time recognizable to us now in many ways, and yet still very alien," Novik said in an interview. "I've [also] loved the idea of dragons since I was a child reading The Hobbit for the first time, an affection that's held through many, many variations on the theme, from Earthsea to Pern. ... I felt strongly that combining the two would allow me to put an original, speculative twist on both the Napoleonic era itself and the treatment of dragons."

In His Majesty's Dragon, a naval captain discovers a dragon egg aboard a captured French ship and bonds with the creature. As a result, he must leave his beloved navy for Britain's Aerial Corpsa division of His Majesty's Armed Forces that rides dragons into battle against France's own dragon-borne forces.

Novik's book shows influences of Patrick O'Brian and Anne McCaffrey, whose Pern series was for Novik "one of those formative reading experiences of childhood that the heart never quite lets go." Novik added that there are "legions of others a few more steps removed" who influenced Dragon, including Jane Austen, C.S. Forester and J.R.R. Tolkien.

His Majesty's Dragon is the first book in the Temeraire series; the sequel Throne of Jade will follow in April and Black Powder War in May. But the series won't end there. "I really envision the Temeraire books as an ongoing set of adventures in the [style of Patrick O'Brian's] Aubrey/Maturin [novels], rather than as a trilogy or a longer series with a set start and finish," Novik said. "I'm always a little frustrated myself by very long series, so I feel strongly about wrapping up the main plot in each book, while leaving some interesting hooks behind for future adventures and to reward continuing readers, without making it impossible for someone to come in fresh later on along the way. Book four of the series is already underway, with book five mostly plotted out, and various other ideas for the future brewing on the back burner."

Via SciFi Wire

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January 14, 2006


I wanted to thank everyone who took the time to comment on my fic. I got more feedback from folks here on the blog, and the wonderful ladies of the Cotillion, than I did from any of the traditional fanfic email lists. Feedback from the half dozen lists I posted to amounted to a total of one comment -- which was a great one, don't get me wrong :), but if I hadn't mentioned it here, I would have been a little discouraged. You think people not leaving comments on your blog sucks, well no fic feedback is the lowest pits! Heh.

So thanks!

Posted by Ith at 12:59 PM

January 13, 2006

All Critters

This post at CTG's has got me remembering the All Creatures Great and Small series -- the books and the TV show.

Anyone else out there a fan? Thinking about it now, I realize it's been years since I've read the books, or seen the series show up on PBS. I need to check and see if it's out on DVD yet (And it is!!). And get the books again, since I have no idea what happened to my copies between many moves.

Later: And this looks good too!

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December 29, 2005

Misguided Angel

I recently found one of my favourite CDs: 200 More Miles. It has two of my favourite songs: If You Were the Woman, and I Was the Man, and Misguided Angel. (It's also on The Trinity Sessions, but that CD I can't fnd.) Misguided Angel is really fitting my current mood, so it's being replayed a lot. To tell you how much I like this song, it inspired my one and only 'song fic' :)

Of course, I'm going to share the lyrics with you. But this is one of those songs you really have to hear. (There's a clip of it on Amazon, here & here. One's in the studio, and one's live.)

Misguided Angel

Margo and Michael Timmins

I said "Mama, he's crazy and he scares me
But I want him by my side
though he's wild and he's bad
and sometimes just plain mad
I need him to keep me satisfied"

I said "Papa, don't cry cause it's alright
And I see you in some of his ways
Though he might not give me the life that you wanted
I'll love him the rest of my days"

Misguided angel hangin' over me
Heart like a Gabriel, pure and white as ivory
Soul like a Lucifer, black and cold like a piece of lead
Misguided angel, love you 'til I'm dead

I said "Brother, you speak to me of passion
You said never to settle for nothing less
Well, it's in the way he walks,
it's in the way he talks
His smile, his anger and his kisses"

I said "Sister, don't you understand?
He's all I ever wanted in a man
I'm tired of sittin' around the T.V. every night
Hoping I'm finding a Mr. Right"

Misguided angel hangin' over me
Heart like a Gabriel, pure and white as ivory
Soul like a Lucifer
Black and cold like a piece of lead
Misguided angel, love you 'til I'm dead

He says "Baby, don't listen to what they say
There comes a time when you have to break away"
He says "Baby there are things we all cling to all our life
It's time to let them go and become my wife"

Misguided angel hangin' over me
Heart like a Gabriel, pure and white as ivory
Soul like a Lucifer
Black and cold like a piece of lead
Misguided angel, love you 'til I'm dead.

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December 24, 2005

A Little Pat On The Back

Writing in two nearly dead fandoms, and a xover at that, means I rarely get LOCs (letters of comment)/feedback anymore. Sometimes it can be a little discouraging when you wonder if anyone at all even reads the story you worked so hard on. (It's kind of like being a blogger and no one ever comments, I guess) These days, if I get one email, I feel like I'm doing well. By contrast, when Highlander and Forever Knight were still on the air, I'd get 20-30 emails when I posted something. So, it was very nice to DL my email to find this:

As for people still reading your stories, you write so that we can actually *see* the characters in our minds' eye. That is what keepspeople coming back.

I tell you, that made my week! And considering I'm drifting into my regularly scheduled holiday blues, and coming down with April's flu, it really cheered me up!

Posted by Ith at 11:16 AM

December 23, 2005

Fathers Christmas

I finsished the fanfic I've been talking about. If you're interested, you can find it here.

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October 3, 2005

Remembering Tolkien

National Review, in celebration of its 50th Anniversary, is rerunning old articles. Today, it's an obituary for J.R.R. Tolkien, that ran in 1973

Posted by Ith at 1:10 PM

September 20, 2005

Book Shelf

A few of the books I've read and enjoyed over the last weeks.

Sharpe's Tiger

American Gods

Island in the Sea of Time

Against the Tide of Years

Sense and Sensibility

And currently, I'm reading The Murder Room, which is the latest by P.D. James. I freely admit I'm in love with Adam Dalgliesh :)

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August 23, 2005


Hello! I'm Ilyka Damen and I am guestblogging for Ith while she is away. Normally I run a very bad blog that you should never read, ever ever. Let's pretend it doesn't exist for the time being and get on with this post instead.

I believe about a month or so ago Ith mentioned in passing the Anne series of books by L.M. Montgomery. I was thinking of those myself tonight--particularly this passage from the first novel:

"That's Barry's pond," said Matthew.

"Oh, I don't like that name, either. I shall call it--let me see--the Lake of Shining Waters. Yes, that is the right name for it. I know because of the thrill. When I hit on a name that suits exactly it gives me a thrill. Do things ever give you a thrill?"

Matthew ruminated.

"Well now, yes. It always kind of gives me a thrill to see them ugly white grubs that spade up in the cucumber beds. I hate the look of them."

"Oh, I don't think that can be exactly the same kind of a thrill. Do you think it can?"

It's Anne's kind of thrill I'm talking about, although I'm certainly with Matthew on the grubs (or any other nasty insects, for that matter).

But, see, I was peeling roasted red bell peppers tonight and just reveling in it. Why do I like roasting bell peppers so much? I have no idea. There's just something about it, about the whole process--from washing and drying and roasting, to steaming and cooling and peeling, to slicing and marinating--those silly red bell peppers, they just please me aesthetically somehow, right down to my bones.

Perhaps what I actually mean is not so much Anne's "thrill" as her "queer, funny ache" upon beholding the Avenue . . . or maybe it's a whole 'nother sensation somewhere between the two.

So let me ask you fine people something:

Do things ever give you a thrill?

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August 16, 2005

A Whole New Meaning To "Home Library"

How would you like to live above a city library?

You can read romances, sip coffee, grab lunch, watch movies and curl up in comfortable chairs at Salt Lake City's Main Library. Why not just move in? Living in a library - it's a book lover's dream. Living atop a library could be the next best thing. And, in what may be a first for Utah, that might be possible in a future branch near downtown. While most libraries are built to stand alone, tentative designs for a Capitol Hill branch at 500 North and 300 West call for 24 condos to sit on top. "It's what everybody's talking about these days, walkable neighborhoods," says architect Prescott Muir. "The best way to create a walkable neighborhood is to jumble it all up." Muir is designing a mixed-use project on 300 West between 500 North and 600 North for Howa Capital. The company is developing the property - which would include a small grocery store, shops, up to 85 housing units and the library - for the city's Redevelopment Agency. The library is no sure thing. No money is earmarked to build it or run it after voters refused in 2003 to raise their taxes to pay for it and another branch in Glendale. That bond failed by 149 votes. But the city's library system does plan to build a branch in both neighborhoods eventually, and the RDA required a library be a part of the Capitol Hill redevelopment design. At first, Muir considered a library a "black hole" in the development. An early design placed it out of the way on top of the grocery store. But a subsequent market study showed the library should be the project's focal point, that it would lure customers to the surrounding stores. Now, designs have it on 500 North, on what's considered the development's most prominent corner. The study didn't surprise library director Nancy Tessman. "Libraries really genuinely are catalysts for neighborhood building. It's about shops and it's about services and it's about community and education. The more we can tie all those together, the more we create more good, healthy, positive neighborhoods."
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August 9, 2005


"Judge Sewall's Apology", The judge who apologized for the Salem witch trials. Sounds like it would make for interesting reading.

Posted by Ith at 3:50 PM

July 26, 2005

'Cus Reading Is Good

Sharon has started up her own internet business selling books for children. If you have some -- children, that is -- check it out.

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July 21, 2005

Half Blood Prince With Spoilers

Okay, if you don't want to be spoiled, DO NOT click on the extended entry!

There be spoilers ahead, mateys!


What I want to believe is that Snape had promised Dumbledore that if they were in a hopeless situation, that Snape would kill him to be able to carry on against Voldie. There was much made of Dumbledore making Harry swear he'd run away if there was any trouble during their mission to the caves, so I could see him forcing something similar from Snape. It seemed to me, at the end when Harry caught up with Snape, Snape could have killed Harry, or at least seriously injured him, but he didn't.

Also, Snape being "the Half Blood Prince" -- clever! And Snape is much more powerful than it had previously seemed. Not that he wasn't portrayed as plenty powerful before, but this puts him at an even higher level it seems.

Though Fleur annoyed me as much as Molly, I did like her sticking by Bill after he was mauled. Good for her!

What's with Percy? You'd think he'd get over himself already.

Happy that Draco still may be redeemable.

The most out loud laughter moment was the sign in Fred and George's shop:

Forget about You-Know-Who!
Get U-No-Poo!
The constipation sensation that's sweeping the nation!

I don't know why, but it tickled my funny bone.

I don't really trust the new Minister for Magic much more than the last one.

Do you think any of the other students will choose to not go back to Hogwarts next year and follow Harry?

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July 20, 2005

Half Blood Prince

My copy came in the post this afternoon and I just finished it. I won't talk about it here since I don't want to spoil it yet. But if you have read it, and want to talk about it, Gennie set up a dedicated Harry Potter blog here.

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July 16, 2005

Help A Guy Out

Brass needs your help in recalling the title and/or authour of a book he read years ago. Here's his description:

The book is about the Second American Revolution and takes place around the year 2076, the tricentennial. The hero is a female with exceptional martial arts abilities and the bad guys are the U.N. The U.N. forces feature cyborgs among other sci-fi goodness. Just for good measure, the author throws in an alien that had been stuck in suspended animation (via time dialation) for a very long time, if I remember correctly it was his race that started the human race on Earth. After reading the previous the book sounds really hokey, but it was actually put together very well. I read it about 3 times between 10 and 12 years ago and I think it had over 600 pages.
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June 23, 2005

What I'm Reading

Lost Christianities: The Battle for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew. I'm really enjoying it, and if early Christian history is of interest to you, you may enjoy it as well.

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June 14, 2005

No Excuse

I saw this book reviewed in the dead tree version of National Review yesterday: Being Dead is No Excuse : The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral. That led me to the GRITS book. I didn't know there was a book, you see. I'd bought a t-shirt for Nin one trip to the South, her being a "Girl Raised In The South" and all. Now I can get her the book and listen to her accent reappear.

It's actually amusing going to the South with Nin for a trip. Her accent, which is very faint normally, becomes quite strong. And if we're hanging with Tam, even I start losing my vowels. And, lord, don't let them in view of a Krispy Kreme!

Posted by Ith at 10:11 AM | Comments (8)

May 22, 2005

Splinter Of The Minds Eye

Anyone else read "Splinter of the Minds Eye" when it came out in 1978? I loved that book so much, can't remember how many times I reread it. Of course, after ROTJ came out, it was totally alternative universe, but still! I couldn't find my copy when I was repacking books to send to Utah, so I may have to get it again for old time's sake.

Posted by Ith at 12:36 PM | Comments (6)

March 14, 2005

Oh, Hey!

I just realized the new Harry Potter book comes out on my birthday! I wasn't planning on getting it right away, but maybe I should get it as a pressie to myself?

Posted by Ith at 5:22 PM | Comments (3)

March 10, 2005

Hmmm.... II

Gennie has a pic of the British adult cover of the new Harry Potter novel, and the book on the table is "Advanced Potion Making". I wonder if that's significant?


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October 11, 2004

Laurell Hamilton Interview

I'm currently reading "Incubus Dreams",

and discovered an interview with LKH over on Amazon.

Posted by Ith at 5:52 PM | Comments (6)

July 29, 2004

FotR 50 Year Later

How Tolkien triumphed over the critics

Posted by Ith at 4:27 PM

July 9, 2004

Post Captain

As much of a slog the first "Master & Commander" book was for me with all the technical seafaring stuff in the first 2/3s, the second book is a real page turner. I started it last night and didn't want to put it down. Much more character driven this time around and less lingo to remember :)

I'm becoming quite fond of the good doctor, I have to say.

Posted by Ith at 8:47 AM | Comments (1)

June 29, 2004

For Those Of You Playing Along At Home

The title of the sixth HP novel will be: Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince.

Here's what the woman herself has to say:

Well, the door opened at last and I showed you the title of book six - the genuine title, the title that will appear on the published book, the title I have been using in my head for ages and ages. Unfortunately, however, the door opened on the very same day the 'Pillar of Storg' hoaxer struck, which left a lot of Harry Potter fans bemused as to whether I was having a joke at their expense by posting another fake title to 'teach hoaxers a lesson', something I certainly wouldn't do, as it would simply frustrate, confuse or annoy the 99.9% of you who aren't hoaxers! I tried to give a clear hint that the title behind the door was the real one by making the 'Toenail' joke as well (see 'Rumours'). But just to clear up matters once and for all.

Information you take directly from this site will be truthful and
accurate (I might occasionally joke, but as time goes on, you'll
learn to tell when I'm joking). Do not trust anybody else claiming to
have found information on this site that you cannot access, however
seemingly convincing the images they provide to support their story.

I never post information on the site that I do not want fans to read
immediately. In other words, anybody claiming to have 'discovered' a
message that wasn't due for release yet is lying. There was never
anything meaningful behind the door until the 'Do Not Disturb' sign
came off!

The 'Pillar of Storg' was never my title, and I did not change it
at the eleventh hour because I was 'found out' (I nearly fell off my
chair giggling when I read this).

I was delighted to see that a hard core of super-bright fans knew
that the real title was once, in the long distant past, a possibility
for 'Chamber of Secrets', and from that deduced that it was genuine.
Certain crucial pieces of information in book six were originally
planned for 'Chamber of Secrets', but very early on (first draft of
Chamber) I realised that this information's proper home was book six.
I have said before now that 'Chamber' holds some very important clues
to the ultimate end of the series. Not as many as six, obviously, but
there is a link.

Anyway: if you continue to exercise patience, you will find that the
Do Not Disturb Door opens again and again giving you further
hints about book six. But as a little bonus, and compensation for
having been messed around by Mr. or Ms. Storg, I shall tell you one
thing without making you shift any bricks at all: the HBP is neither
Harry nor Voldemort. And that's all I'm saying on THAT subject until
the book's published.

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June 17, 2004


I love the title of this book: Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation.

A panda walked into a cafe. He ordered a sandwich, ate it, then pulled out a gun and shot the waiter. 'Why?' groaned the injured man. The panda shrugged, tossed him a badly punctuated wildlife manual and walked out. And sure enough, when the waiter consulted the book, he found an explanation. 'Panda,' ran the entry for his assailant. 'Large black and white mammal native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves.'
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May 20, 2004

JKR Website

J.K. Rowling now has an official website.

.... She says the purpose of the site - which launched on Friday 14 May - is to give something to the fans to enjoy and be able to access definitive information.

And that's something they all seem to want, as by comparison popular fansites like The Leaky Cauldron get between 3 and 4 million hits a week.

She also said there should be some updates to the site within a couple of weeks.

The site has been in development for some time. According to JK: "I told the designers that I wanted to use my real desk as the home page, with Portkeys to take people to the various sections, and we worked out all the details together.

Posted by Ith at 6:16 PM | Comments (3)

March 20, 2004

Reading Is Fundamental

Maddy's looking for some help in getting the sequel to "Eragon" out.

Posted by Ith at 4:26 PM | Comments (2)

March 4, 2004

Rowling Chat

Here's a link to the transcript of J.K. Rowling's Q&A today.

Posted by Ith at 5:41 PM | Comments (2)

February 26, 2004

While I'm Here

and experiencing posting frenzy, let me take a moment to plug our book list, ALRR.

Posted by Ith at 5:58 PM

February 16, 2004

Attention Bookworms!

If you like to read and/or write, check out ALRR.

Posted by Ith at 5:14 PM | Comments (8)

January 31, 2004

This Is A Good One

This one isn't finished, but it's being updated fairly regularly: Grasping at Normality. It's a Hermione centered fic, beginning of seventh year, very dark.

Posted by Ith at 3:31 PM

January 21, 2004

The Fire & The Rose

Another fic rec. I'm partway through The Fire & the Rose, and am enjoying it so much, I thought I'd pass it on before I'm actually done reading it.

Short summary: Neville has an accident in potions class causing Snape and Hemione to switch bodies. Takes place in seventh year, very well written and engaging.

It is listed under "adult", but so far, nothing that would qualify for that rating has happened. But you've been warned! :)

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