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I have been working on this story for some time - and it is finally done. (Well, I do have a little more to add, but it will be more in the line of outtakes than a post-epilogue.) The Last Test and Proof, a story of Guards, grief and gastronomy, is now up on AO3! With many, many thanks to Rthstewart for letting her characters come over to play, for reading and giving so much valuable feedback and encouragement.

A little background: my family has suffered several heavy losses over the past year, and so I have been struggling my own way through grief. I don't really put much stock in the 5 stages, except as one more example of how people like to quantify and name things in order to better understand them. But it was a useful conceit for the story. And now, if I find myself stuck in one particular rut on a hard day, I think instead of these characters who are so dear to me. And if I need to channel my inner Jalur to get through the day - well, that's a little more tangible than abstract stages.

On a lighter note, if I can figure out how to post pictures to this thing, I will upload a drawing of Rth's Cook, because who doesn't love a Minotaur in a frilly apron?

Varmints

Apr. 14th, 2015 06:57 pm
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Confound and confusticate those squirrels! (To quote Bilbo Baggins... well, sort of). The squirrels are eating our deck railing, and I don't know what to do about it. And my coworker had mice, er, all up in his grill - literally. But this rather puts it in perspective:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mbvd/man-accidentally-shoots-mother-in-law-after-bullet-ricochets
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Last night on the History Channel's Mysteries at the Museum, I learned about Lawrence Sperry, daredevil pilot, inventor of the autopilot and founding member of the Mile High Club. It seems Sperry took a lovely young socialite up for a flying lesson, something went wrong, and they crashed in a lake. Some very startled duck hunters came to the rescue, and were even more startled upon finding the pair naked. Sperry's official story was that the force of the crash had innocently knocked all their clothes off (Cue: Mythbusters), though he later confessed to a friend that he and his lovely (and very married) student had engaged the autopilot beforr engaging in, ah, other activities. The gyroscope functioned perfectly until, somehow or other, it was bumped and disengaged, the plane spiraled down into the water and two duck hunters got quite a show. In public, Sperry naturally remained silent. After all, he had two reputations to protect: the young lady's, and his gyroscope's - he wouldn't want anyone to think it had failed to work properly, of course.

Am I the only one who thinks it sounds like a Howard Stark escapade?
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So, I've recently embarked on a most foolhardy project. I made the mistake of reading a bit of P.G. Wodehouse, followed by watching the Thin Man, followed by musing upon Narnia... and my pen ran amok.

I never used to read crossovers much, and never considered writing one - let alone such lunacy as that which is currently taking over my notebook. The chronology is a little off, and the conflicting writing styles are tying me in knots and probably wind up sounding just plain off, but I can't quite help myself. I have this vision of Polly collecting strays for a dinner party and Digory escaping to the garden for a bit of calm and a few deep breaths, only to stumble upon a body in the rhododendrons.

What in the world am I thinking?
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Well, the best of intentions gave way (as so often happens) to the frenzied pace of RL. I had such a blast with rthstewart's 3SF that I joined DW and AO3 and began planning all sorts of fics, short and long, to fill my new alphabet soup sites. In the end, here I am still compiling 3SF fills and wondering about the logistics and etiquette of posting pieces belonging to a greater whole, like the chain of Narnia Kangarooverse stories. Any suggestions? Has anyone begun such an undertaking already?

In the meantime, I made my first AO3 upload: a slightly expanded version of a story I wrote for vialethe during 3SF (though at no point was it anywhere near three sentences).

The Last True Mouthpiece can be found here.

And as Monday looms with the promise of more snow, I hope to pick up the pace a little... Now if only spring would get on board!

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