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I'm on this scene in the high school AU and it's not going how I planned. I like how it's going, mostly, because it's forcing me to think about something I hadn't considered.

See, it's the scene where Sharon asks Brenda if she'd like to have sex. And now that this is a very real thing, Brenda is... I guess nervous is the word. It'll be her first time. So, by the laws of high school fiction, she should talk to her more experienced female best friend.

But her more experienced female best friend is the person she's going to be having sex with.

And I love that. And I know exactly how I want to write it: I want it to be not weird at all. I want them to just go ahead and have the conversation.

But I'm worried. That it's unrealistic, sure, but mostly that I'm passing up an opportunity to explore a complicated situation. I was going to say I'd love to read something like that, and I'd be disappointed if the author took the easy way out, but I'm not sure it's true. I just feel a strange sort of obligation to make it more complicated than I want.

Plotting

Sep. 16th, 2017 05:57 am
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There's a nonzero chance Brenda's lawyer in the Chief AU will be Jack Raydor.

I like Gavin, but he doesn't bring anything new and exciting to the story. Everyone has done Sharon and her BFF Gavin, but I feel like we don't see Jack as much, and do we ever see him with Brenda?

It also might let me use my favorite, you-can-pry-it-from-my-cold-dead-hands headcanon (Sharon and Jack have excellent hate sex any time Jack blows through), and I am all about doing that with this fic.

But first I have to get Sharon and Brenda through this fight. Sharon doesnt want to fight and it's annoying me. Sharon! This is Brenda! She's yelling at you! Why don't you want to yell back?

third-day story

Sep. 14th, 2017 12:51 am
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Five Things Naomi Novik Said:

We took a responsibility on and I know that -- even during the darkest moments of the Board where I literally thought that the entire tech staff would quit and there would be no one to run AO3 -- that what kept people on [as volunteers] even though there wasn't any kind of good resolution to the problems, it was the inertia of not wanting to drop the ball.


Now, I read this Q&A at least ten times before it was posted, and every time I read that, I had the same thought: "Wow, wild times. I'm glad I wasn't around for that."

It didn't occur to me until tonight that yes, I was. I very much was. And I don't think I ever appreciated until this moment just how close we came.

Happy Birthday, Lash!

Sep. 13th, 2017 09:02 pm
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Happy birthday, dear [personal profile] lash_larue!

The scorpions hope you have a great day, and so do I!
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what is it to make peace?
with a fact, a circumstance

the war is only between the self
and the self, the battlefield the space
in which you lie awake at night

deafened by artillery, shelling, missile whine

and then the treaty:
self and self sign, unwitnessed, a promise
in the silence of the armistice—
acceptance, resignation

(but for the wounds,
scars on the landscape,
and all human decay)

a city takes years to rebuild after devastation
better and more consciously planned, yes
but with history erased or beyond repair

all war is loss
and peace what comes after, into the space
left by fire, that hot bright destruction,
the blackened and fragile remains
of what only effort and time can reclaim

peace is the salvage of the ruins
when the soldiers have gone home;
what you form from the ashes, from
damage

the bringing into existence
of something shaped from the dirt and clay and blood
under your fingernails, beautiful not in spite of
but because

not the opposite of loss, then
but what grows from it

They're Back!

Sep. 11th, 2017 10:59 pm
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It's holiday fest sign-up time in HP fandom! And two of my favorite fests are running again:

[community profile] hoggywartyxmas -- The best party you'll ever attend, bar none. The mod posts alone are worth the price of admission.

Sign-ups are here.

There are still spaces left, but who knows for how long? [personal profile] alisanne? [personal profile] delphipsmith? [personal profile] dreamy_dragon73? [profile] mmadfan? [personal profile] dueltastic? [profile] _hannelore? [personal profile] pauraque? [personal profile] katmarajade? [personal profile] teddyradiator? [personal profile] squibstress? [profile] cranky__crocus? All you people I'm sadly forgetting? Hie yourselves over there.

Also, the lovely, low-pressure [profile] mini_fest is also open for sign-ups. Holiday comfort and cheer galore -- like these delightful banners, made from some of last year's best entries:









Christmas at Hogwarts. . .I really need it this year. So glad these fests are back.

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