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So as part of my trying to figure out (which I have been, lately, I've just been sort of slinking around ashamed to show my face) how I'm going to post what I've got written-- especially with The Maiden, which I'm trying to wrap up in 28 chapters, not counting Report Card Day or this, because I cheat and use "interludes" and whatnot) I wrote this, which I'm hoping can function as a sort of stepping stone in the gap in time between what I last posted and the next chapter. It's a letter from Sean to his mom, kind of updating her (and us, by extension) on what's been going on. It's also story-relevant and all, I mean even if you remember everything, but I'm hoping it will serve a memory-jogging purpose as well, so nobody has to go reread a bunch of previous chapters unless they feel like it.

So here, I'll go ahead and get this up.

(As the actress said to the bishop.)

Previously on The Maiden )
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(lieutenant colonel tell me about it, t-rex)

So here's me trying to get back on LJ. I know it's been forever, and I'm really sorry. I have been dealing with a lot of personal stuff that culminated in a couple of visits to urgent care and a few decisions about the future that will hopefully bear healthy fruit. So-- I'm trying to get back on LJ, yeah. Get back to writing. I'm always happiest when I'm writing.

and apparently I have written a book )

So that's something to think about.

But in the meantime, I need a game plan for getting back on Livejournal. I am a bit overwhelmed by how long I've been gone, so I need to take it a little bit at a time. I want to post it on here so you guys know what's up and so that I have incentive to stick to the plan instead of just throwing up my hands.

Schedule )

After that we'll see.

Thank you so much to everyone who has said something nice to me while I was gone, whether it be about me personally or my work. I can't tell you what a lift it gives me. *squishes everyone*
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Okay, so this bit is totally nonrequired reading for the story-- I wasn't even planning to post it, was just trying to get a couple of cultural details ironed out while I fiddle around with the last three chapters (because I still suck at endings)-- but then I remembered how annoyed a couple of you got when Leah took Kyle's book away, and figured someone might find it interesting. So!

(Let's get down to business/ To defeat the Huns!)


Excerpt from The Origins of Power, chapter 6, "Psychopompai"

Complete with footnotes )
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I bet y'all thought I'd forgotten about this story. HAH! I never forget about anything!

...Except that thing I'm forgetting about right now. Remind me about that, will you?

Anyway, I'm sure everyone else has forgotten about it if they even knew about it in the first place (it's still not linked on the index page, because I still haven't figured out if it's fanfiction or what, when you insert somebody else's original character/persona into your original fiction), and I haven't seen cgravenstone around for ages (admittedly, he has the gall to have an actual life) but what the hell. REDHEADS, amirite?

(My husband was a redhead. A redhead like WHOA.)

(Happy Valentine's, all.)





Seriously, poor Crimson has been in limbo for almost a YEAR )
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So, having just posted a story in which Holden is a 20-year-old basket case (Alix is 18 in that story-- I KNOW RIGHT), now I've got this, which is just kind of a classic slaveficcish one-shot, with no real purpose beyond the fact that it's the sort of thing I enjoy writing.

(I think my favorite thing about writing Holden's character is the way in which each person he falls for [romantically or otherwise] turns him into less of an asshole. It's like "Beauty and the Beast," except instead of just one beautiful maiden to break the curse, there are like eleven beautiful people tag-teaming this guy. Fun game: spot the influence of, respectively, Jer, Alix, Yves, Valor, and Bran on the Holden of this story. Jesse and Lee haven't even gotten started yet.)


Gayle )
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OK, first of all, this picture just popped up on my friendslist a couple of times FOR THE WIN, so naturally I'm sharing:

Can't stop the signal )

(I love the little head-duck the sign guy is doing, like "Hat-brim sin-shield engage!" Also: hell is going to be a PARTY.)

And now for some gay porn er, sexless het! This scene, set at Argounov's two weeks after Alix first shows up, has been referenced a few times (described from Jer's point of view here, mentioned by Holden here, a few other more oblique references) and I think at one point I said I wasn't going to write it, but, um, I changed my mind.


Let's see how far we've come )
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Thank you so much to everyone for your kind birthday wishes. I've been having a hard time lately, and completely off LJ, so I apologize for anything I've missed. Welcome also to people who showed up here after [personal profile] lit_gal's kind recommendation (such a frisson! Beautiful Broken is one of the stories I pretty much never get tired of rereading, so I'm having this "OMG she looked at me!" moment right now). I apologize that you've found me in the middle of a fairly severe depressive episode (for those who don't know, my husband died earlier this year, and I'm still kind of... dealing). I used to be better than this at responding, and hope that one day I will be again. In the meantime, please bear with me.

On the other hand, one of my coping strategies when I'm feeling on the brink is writing, so I have two stories that should go up soon, both SB 'verse, and I also have this, which isn't a story, more of a metathingy. See, for the most part, I've ignored the sporadic kerfufflings over whether girls are allowed to write m/m, whether it's exploitative or ignorant or what, because I don't really feel the need to defend myself on that point, but I've been having one of those things, you know, a headache with pictures ("An idea?" "Mmm! Mmmhmm!") about related issues in the Slave Breakers universe, so I guess here's my attempt to ramblingly articulate it. Contains spoilers for the whole Slave Breakers shebang, so if you haven't read it yet, fair warning. Also contains profanity, although if you're here at all, you probably don't so much have a problem with that.


Thoughts on yaoi, sort of )
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Yeah, so, I've always been a huge fan of [personal profile] cleolinda's Movies in Fifteen Minutes parodies, and then last night, while hanging out with my mom and grandmother, I went to see Young Victoria, which I was actually quite looking forward to-- I love the story of Victoria and Albert very much, and I'm not completely opposed to costume dramas, and I even walked past a theater showing Sherlock Holmes to watch this movie, which I now bitterly regret.

But the entire time I was watching the movie, I was just about bursting with the desire to make snarky comments, and on the way home I was wondering if [personal profile] cleolinda would ever m15m this movie, and I decided probably not, and then when I got home I wrote this very very quickly. I'm not nearly as funny as [personal profile] cleolinda, but... it had to be done.



Young Victoria in... less than 15 minutes, probably )
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...as follow-up to another one of the drabbles.

(god, writing SB 'verse is such comfort food)


Ella )
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First of all, OMG this is so much fun. It correctly guessed Luna Lovegood, Howard Roark, River Tam, Peter Pan, Sandman's Delirium, Violet Baudelaire, Tara from Buffy, Rikku from Final Fantasy X, Yangus from Dragon Quest VIII, and Joseph (of the coat of many colors) in a scant handful of yes-or-no questions. I did stump it with Little Lord Fauntleroy (though it guessed Charlie Bucket and then Oliver Twist, so given the information in its database that was pretty good) and Harriet Vane (it guessed Eliza Doolittle, heh) but I've entered those characters into its database now, which I love that you can do.

Second, I kind of didn't want to stop writing after that Lee/Jer drabble, so, uh, here.


Our talk is cheap, but the phone bill is not )
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So it's been way too long since I wrote anything in the Slave Breakers 'verse. I miss these guys. And I get plot bunnies. I've just been kind of working on Maiden for awhile. But Maiden needs a rest as I plot towards the conclusion and get the replies-to-comments post wrapped up.

Anyway, for the holidays, since I failed at getting out a holiday story, here are four Slave Breakers plot bunnies that have wriggled in, post-Lee, in 100-word drabble form. I'm pretty sure I'll end up writing all these stories, eventually. Of course, if you guys find them intriguing, that will be incentive. :) Plus-- I did say five-- a bit (not spoilery for the story so far) from the next chapter of Intake Counselor.



1. You have a responsibility to the community. )





2. I got your letter. )





3. I have a situation. )





4. I don't trust you. )





5. Those are the names of your gods? )
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So I was told by one of my students that the story of Psyche and Cupid (which we're studying right now) was "soooo romantic, just like that song, Love Story, by Taylor Swift!" so I went and listened to that song to test the veracity of that claim, and it's catchy as hell and all, but I have to say, I am really confused as to what actually happens in the "Love Story."

Lyrics under the cut )

Okay... so as best as I can figure out, they're really young when they meet (possibly at the prom? With the "ball gowns?" Nobody wears ball gowns to a regular "party," do they?) and that's why the dad doesn't approve at first? Because they're too young? So "Juliet" spends, like, years sneaking out to see "Romeo" in defiance of her family's wishes, and begging him to run away with her, but he continually says no, and eventually she's like, "Goddammit, kid, sack up already" and then he proposes? Because now they're old enough? (Because now apparently the dad is cool with it, so they must be older, or maybe it's just that Romeo has proved his honorable intentions by producing a ring.) And Romeo's like "Silly kitten, you should have realized I was just waiting until you were legal, and now us men have settled things between us so that you can go shopping for a pretty dress, which, thanks to my superhuman forbearance in the matter of your jailbait ass, can still be white." Is that it?

Okay, because even if that's it, I still don't get the line "You were Romeo, I was a scarlet letter." Is that really the line? Because that makes no sense. Is Juliet, like, the scarlet woman of the village? Is being seen with her going to ruin Romeo's reputation? Surely that is not what they're going for here. Or is it just because she is in fact jailbait, and Romeo is not? But they were both young... maybe Romeo was less young?

Oy, these kids today and their Taylor Swift and their Twilight and their Hannah Montana... *wanders off muttering and shaking cane*
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Thank you very much to everyone who's been reading and commenting. I'm currently working on a big "replies to comments" post, but in the meantime, please know how much I value each and every word of feedback. You guys keep me going. Thank you so much.


Chapter 23 )
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Hi guys. Sorry-- real life has exploded lately. Trying to get back in the writing saddle.


Maiden chapter twenty-two )
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Chapter 21 )
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Recent writing binge means I've got the next chapter (21) written too, and it's kind of eventful. It will probably go up later today, and then I'll devote some time to catching up on the comments I've missed before I post any more. Thank you all again so much for continuing to read and comment. Means more than I can say.


Chapter 20 )
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Long chapter. Sets up for some future, uh, stuff.

If you've a lesson to teach me/ I'm listening, ready to learn )
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Y'all might have noticed before, if you pay any attention to my musical selections, that Arctic Monkeys really put the "muse" in "music" for me. And thanks to my incredibly lovely mother-in-law, I've finally got "Humbug," with the result that I was so absorbed in writing this morning that I was very nearly late for work. Unfortunately, only some of the 4700 words now in the "Maiden nineteen" googledocs file are actually going into chapter nineteen-- many of them will have to wait for chapters twenty, twenty-one, etc.-- but still, I'm on fire!

(So are some things in Rita's office.)

Dig these, chickadees.

About as bashful as a tribal dance

Coax me out, my love

It's not an alibi you need just yet, oh no, it's something for those beads of sweat

Perfectly placed for the reasonably frightening

Your pastimes consisted of the strange and twisted and deranged

Dear Alex Turner, MAD PROPS on the new sound. (Also, can your hair be less profoundly risible now, kthx.)
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As promised. )
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Alyson Hannigan feels up Emily Deschanel FOR GREAT JUSTICE AWARENESS.

via Dorothy Snarker.

For those of you not currently otherwise occupied after watching that video, I would like to state that this is a clear case of the women-objectifying evils of patriarchy, and in the spirit of reparation I demand that equal video time now be devoted to Nathan Fillion helping Ian Somerhalder with a testicular self-exam in the company of other beautiful, quasi-famous men lolling about in T-shirts designed to cater to geeky fangirls, and bantering cutely about each other's choice of sexy underwear. DO YOU HEAR ME PATRIARCHY, I AM COUNTING TO THREE.

(I shall be doing my bit in the feminist struggle for equal objectification later today, by posting a chapter of Maiden in which there is naked man-on-man fondling. No, don't call me a heroine. I merely follow my star.)

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