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In response to a request I was in no way entitled to make (really, my presumption here is off the charts), [livejournal.com profile] red_satin_doll consented to make a story banner for “All Ye Who Enter”. I’m beyond happy on this, the reasons for which are easy to see:

I LOVE THIS!

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New story banner from [livejournal.com profile] sroni, for “Seeking the Woman”, and I’ve done endnotes to match:

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Newer endnotes, to match the latest story banner from [livejournal.com profile] sroni, both for “the Human Touch”:

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I was very pleased to be informed that “Dusk Over Pompeii” and “Phantom 309” have been nominated at the [livejournal.com profile] wicked_awards. (I suspect [livejournal.com profile] velvetwhip.) Several other fine stories/authors have been nominated, so check it out … and add to it if you have any favorites, because the nominating period is still open.
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Once again I have a story banner from [livejournal.com profile] sroni, this time for “Each Proud Divison”, and I’ve written endnotes to match:

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… to the first member of my family to be born Catholic.

Amber Li was born on August 1st, around 9:11AM Beijing time.

I’m a grandfather. Life is good.

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Another banner from [livejournal.com profile] sroni, this time for “Tip of My Tongue”, and endnotes to accompany it:

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I’m pleased but not surprised to learn that [livejournal.com profile] 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, [livejournal.com profile] sroni has provided cover artwork, which I’ll be applying to the AO3 version now that the author reveal is done.

Remix recs

Jun. 29th, 2015 11:24 am
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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:

Buffyverse stories
  • 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 [livejournal.com profile] 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 [livejournal.com profile] sevendeadlyfun. Faith drops in for a visit while Buffy’s away, with unexpected results.
  • Letters Never Sent (the Crumpled Sheets Remix)”, for [livejournal.com profile] texanfan. Short, awful, and hopeless. Just thinking about it still hurts. Read it.

Non-Buffyverse stories
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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.
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More than six months after it was originally intended (and semi-promised, to [livejournal.com profile] sunnyd_lite), I’ve finished and posted what would have been my submission for round 4.3 of [livejournal.com profile] cof_remix. Furthermore, as has been so often the case lately, [livejournal.com profile] sroni has cover art for me:

Click on the pic to go to the story!

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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.

[livejournal.com profile] 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.
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True to her word, [livejournal.com profile] comlodge has done a story banner for “Rough Trade”. (Given her love of Spike, I always offer her first crack at any Spike stories.) Behold and marvel!

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Another banner from [livejournal.com profile] sroni, with endnotes to accompany it, this time for “Whisper of a Moment”:

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To cap off the others she’s done for me — for “In Ev’ry Angle Greet”, “Dusk Over Pompeii”, and “Otherwise a Perfect Sky” — the splendiferous [livejournal.com profile] blondebitz has now produced cover art for “First Do No Harm”, below:

Hard to believe the story is moving toward its ten-year anniversary; it’s always been one of my favorites, and never fails to entertain me upon re-reading. Now it has art more than sufficient to highlight how much I’ve enjoyed it, and for this [livejournal.com profile] blondebitz is eminently deserving of gratitude and recognition.