Purely by coincidence, the release of the Planned Parenthood videos came about at roughly the same time as the birth of my granddaughter.
I hear the reports of the things said by the people in these videos. I look at pictures and videos of Amber, study her face and her motions, and the thought comes to me unbidden:
I would kill anybody who threatened her.
When I say “anybody”, it isn’t hyperbole.
When I say “kill”, it isn’t a figure of speech.
No, this isn’t a threat. Those people have no way of reaching her. But if they did …
… if they did, well, that wouldn’t be a good idea at all.
I was very pleased to be informed that “Dusk Over Pompeii” and “Phantom 309” have been nominated at the wicked_awards. (I suspect velvetwhip.) Several other fine stories/
I’m pleased but not surprised to learn that deird1 was the author of the remix done for me, the effective and intriguing “One to Go (the Junior Watcher Remix)”. Once again, well worth a look for anyone who hasn’t checked it already.
My own entry, as can be seen at the Remix itself, was “Just Can’t Kill the Beast (the Green, Green, My Jealous Heart Remix)”, done for SevenDeadlyFun. My treatment, I fear, ranged far from what was done with the original story (“Weaponology”); this is a continuing theme with me, enough that I’ve sometimes wondered if what I do actually meets the definition of ‘remix’. Still, I followed the basic theme, and took Faith to a place of sort of comparable satisfaction …
Well. As usual, sroni has provided cover artwork, which I’ll be applying to the AO3 version now that the author reveal is done.
After a little time to go browsing through this year’s RemixRedux offerings, I have some recs to make. I didn’t try to read everything, I just 1) looked to see what was done for me, 2) looked to see what was done for various people I know and like, and 3) checked what was available in the fandoms that interested or intrigued me. The result:
- “One to Go (the Junior Watcher Remix)”, of course. The remix done for me, but well worth reading even if it had nothing to do with me. As I mentioned already, it left me wishing for more, always a sign that someone has found a rich vein of possibilities.
- “Unintended Consequences (the Ghost in the Shell Remix)”, for eilandesq. Ingenious application of an Eiland short to a later and larger event.
- “Just Can’t Kill the Beast (the Green, Green, My Jealous Heart Remix)”, for sevendeadlyfun. Faith drops in for a visit while Buffy’s away, with unexpected results.
- “Letters Never Sent (the Crumpled Sheets Remix)”, for texanfan. Short, awful, and hopeless. Just thinking about it still hurts. Read it.
- the Cutting Edge – “Love is Not a Victory March (the ‘Broken Hallelujah’ Remix)”, for n_e_star. After the medal ceremony, then what?
- Batman (comics) – “Always Another One (the Robin Recruitment Remix)”, for Havisham (moetushie). Snippets of how the GCPD feels about the Bat’s stream of sidekicks.
- Good Omens/Arthurian mythology – “the Pendragon-Gorlois Family Reunion (the Historically Inaccurate Remix)”, for daegaer. The best of the bunch, funny and believable and strongly evocative of my own memories of “Good Omens”.
The stories in this year’s Remix Redux are now open for reading. I of course went immediately to see what had been done for me, and I wasn’t disappointed.
“One to Go” re-interprets my story “Into the Abyss”, in ways that excite the imagination. Shorter, focusing on the essentials rather than on the peripheral issues that gradually became prominent themes in my own story, this nonetheless introduces two departures that both work, and work well. Seriously, as soon as I finished it I was wishing I had written this one myself, because then I could go in and explore all the lovely possibilities that had been opened up.
Go and read it. You’ll see what I mean.
My work wound up overbudget for employee hours, so my own hours will be reduced for the last two weeks of June. I’m not the only one being cut back, or even the one feeling the pinch most keenly. Hopefully, this month will be enough to bring things back into line. (And, thankfully, mine is supplementary income, most of our budget is covered by Susan’s pay.)
Susan herself was sick at home for several days. She had a UTI that upgraded to a kidney infection, and convalesced while dosing with Cipro. It was more serious than I realized at the time, because I trusted her professional assessment of her own condition and — though neither of us realized it at the time — she was fuzzled enough not to recognize all the pertinent signs until the worst of it had passed. I did what I could to make up for that by bringing her a half-dozen servings of egg drop soup, which she’d been craving. She’s back at work now, and seems to be fully recovered.
sroni is now installed in Rome for the next several months. (Technically I’ve been to Rome myself, but that was on the way to Kuwait in 2003, and they never let us off the plane, so all I saw was a bit of the airfield at night.) I’m not hearing much about her time there … but (like me) she signed up for this year’s RemixRedux, and she just told me about an idea for a Buffy/Law & Order crossover, so it’s not like she’s completely idle.
And, in China, my first grandchild will be arriving in roughly a month. That’s a strange kind of feeling, one I will hopefully experience several times more in the coming years.
And that’s the way it is.