I didn’t make any post here acknowledging it, but Phase 1 of this year’s Circle of Friends Remix (cof_remix) has been completed happily and successfully. We had two new participants, dragonyphoenix and velvetwhip, both of whom were remixing for the first time, and I believe the results were definitely to their credit.
The listing is as follows:
aadler remixed velvetwhip, with “Long Time Passing”
velvetwhip remixed eilandesq, with “Comeback”
eilandesq remixed dragonyphoenix, with “Blood and Chocolate”
dragonyphoenix remixed aadler, with “The Man” (Part 1 and Part 2)
sroni remixed evil_little_dog, with “Falling From Your Grace”
evil_little_dog remixed sroni, with “Normal Days”
(There was one full round, aadler through dragonyphoenix, and then sroni and evil_little_dog remixing each other. I’d prefer to do an unbroken round — as we’ve always done in the past — but this way allowed every participant to remix, and be remixed by, someone he/she hadn’t had before.)
I urge anyone who enjoys Buffyfic to check out these stories, and express your appreciation to the authors. As to the remix done for me, I thought dragonyphoenix’s “The Man” was a total hoot from beginning to end.
Thirteen years ago, the world changed, and America charged forward to meet that change, with power and determination and an army our enemies could not hope to withstand. For eleven of those years I was in uniform, serving — and training to serve, and helping to train others to serve — in the prosecution of the war that had been declared against us. I’m no longer allowed to serve, but the war goes on … except that, under our present leadership, America has retreated from the battlefront.
That was a disgrace, a malignant composite of arrogance, ignorance, and indifference. I was in Iraq in 2009-10, and the national level of violence had dropped ninety per cent from what I had seen in my first deployment, the 2003 invasion and the year of consolidation that followed. (Yes, by 2009 Barack Obama was running things, but he hadn’t yet set on a course to run them into the ground.) Those achievements, built over seven hard-fought years, are what he pissed away in the blithe conviction that he knew better than anyone else. Pulling out all American troops, with no remaining force and no status-of-forces agreement, was done purely so he could say he had ‘ended’ the Iraq war. Does that look, now, like it’s ended? Nor was the current disaster in Iraq the result only of his mishandling of Iraq itself; no, he had to bring his massive incompetence — and that of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — to bear in Iraq and Syria and Libya to produce the loathsome mess we now see.
America as a nation deserves the contempt with which we’re now regarded, and the losses of prestige, power and authority which we have suffered; we elected our current Idiot-in-Chief, after all, and then even more appallingly re-elected him after he had spent four full years demonstrating his ineptitude and absence of character. Those of us who did the actual fighting, however, DID NOT deserve to see all we had accomplished thrown away by a fool ineradicably convinced of his own brilliance.
(I didn’t watch much of his speech today, seeing only excerpts; frankly, I can’t stand to listen to him for more than a few seconds at a time. That having been established, the plans he announced aren’t necessarily bad in themselves; the problem is, he has so continuously demonstrated his inability to do anything right, I have no faith in his capacity to carry through even an excellent plan, much less that he actually has a plan worthy of the name. This is a man who clearly believes his ringing decrees qualify as taking action. Following through, turning policy into fact, making it work — making anything work — is utterly outside his skill-set, and the medieval barbarians rampaging across the battlefield he deserted are well aware of how little substance there is behind the quasi-forceful speech.)
Two more years of this nonsense, before we have even the chance of getting an actual adult in the Oval Office. The nation can survive that long … but, whether it can survive the damage he may yet manage to inflict on us, has yet to be determined.
Sign-ups for Round 4 at cof_remix will close in four days. We have enough people now to do a decent round-robin; when possible, however, we like to set it up so that every participant receives a remix from someone who has never remixed him/her before. One more person — just about any person — will make that possible.
So, if you’ve previously taken part, go take a look! If you’ve been invited but decided to pass this year, give it a second thought! If you’ve heard about it but never tried it out before, now’s your chance!
Rules are here. To sign up, post a reply here, and apply to join the community.
My fic “Bitter From the Sweet” was recently nominated at wicked_awards (the No Rest for the Wicked Awards). Now the same story has been nominated (by the same person, perhaps?) at Round 30 of the Sunnydale Memorial Fanfiction Awards.
I’m a little mystified that this story should receive such attention (especially more than a year later), but happy for the attention. Only, hey, folks, I do have other stories out there!
The Circle of Friends Remix (cof_remix) is now taking sign-ups for its Round 4. Previous participants are encouraged to register for this year’s event, and newcomers are welcome. This is a deliberately small event, limited to a maximum of 10-12 entrants, but we’ve never had to turn anyone away yet, so go check it out!
“And now, to complement the self-reccing meme, a meme for reccing things made by other people!”
1. Something old
2. Something new
3. Something for your fav character/pairing
4. Something for a character you don’t like / pairing you don’t ship
5. Something that’s underappreciated by the universe
6. Something that’s underappreciated by the universe
7. ( Something you reread/rewatch/look at again )