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Sunday, September 28th, 2014 06:39 pm
The stories went up the Narnia Fic Exchange! 25 glorious stories can be read here! Do go and share the love! Reveals won't be up for a week, so I can't 'tell you what I wrote but yes, at the bitter end, I did write, and that's all I have to say about that for now. and a recipient liked her story and that's great.

I got the most fabulous gift. I'd noticed when the stories were going up over the last week or two that there was a Temeraire cross over and I hope it would be for me. AND IT IS AND IT IS FABULOUS. An Unusual Dragon Situation I don't want to give it away -- but it's wonderful.  Really, the voices are spot on and it's a terrific melding of AU and canon.  The use of "Them" is particularly good. 

The NFE Madness 2014 challenge is still open until OCTOBER 5 SO THERE IS PLENTY OF TIME TO WRITE SOMETHING! The prompts are here,  There is no minimum wordcount, and you have until next Sunday!

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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 06:49 pm
So, Anne McCaffrey has died as hit the twitter and other feeds.

I don't quite remember when I discovered The Dragonriders of Pern. I remember that I fell in love with it and read it over and over and that I was young enough to think it was all very daring and edgy and what would my mother think if she knew I was reading a book where the inside cover used the word DESIRE (old green cover of Dragonflight and the passage with Ramouth's first flight with Mnementh). OMG DRAGONS and OMG DRAGONS AND SEX. And then, whoa, wait a minute, those are all men with green dragons so that means HOMOSEXUAL SEX WITH DRAGONS. It was without a doubt my first exposure to same sex relationships.

Yes, I was young and it was the 70s and early to mid 80s. It was in the same time when I was searching for something other than Middle Earth, Prydain, and Narnia. I was in the throes of Star Wars, watching old Trek, and trying out all the others -- Thomas Covenant and the first Terry Brooks and Marion Zimmer Bradley (Mists, Darkover) then classic science fiction. I didn't notice the squick and the consent issues and sexist bits and other things in those days because OMG DRAGONS. I was in high school and then early college years and I was waiting for Empire Strikes Back to come out and then Ewoks.

Thank gawd there was no Internet for me to spin out my wish fulfillment involving me at Harper Hall (can't sing or play a note) or me at Cove Hold or me at Benden Weyr impressing A QUEEN DRAGON. I'm not sure if I wanted to be Brekke or Lessa -- probably wanted to be Lessa but knew I was more like Brekke. (Never Kylara or Mirrim or a drudge.  Maybe a Head Woman since I was a good cook at age 16.  I was SPESHUL right?  right?). The series became uneven, to be sure, but I still read it and I still love those original books. 

We've all read them, haven't we? I know it influenced how I wrote mental connections between characters in my first fics. I cried (and still do) when Robinton and Zair died.
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Thursday, September 29th, 2011 10:26 pm
For the Everybody Lives, Nobody Dies community,

Unquenchable fire
Rating: PG
Warnings: Minor spoilers for The Chronicles of Narnia and the Temeraire books by N. Novik.\
Eustace Scrubb, Lucy Pevensie
3,400 words
AU/Crossover

For good or for ill, air mastery is today the supreme expression of
military power and fleets and armies, however vital and important, must
accept a subordinate rank.
Winston Churchill

If the Almighty were to rebuild the world and asked me for advice, I would have English
Channels round every country. And the atmosphere would be such that
anything which attempted to fly would be set on fire.
Winston Churchill

You can read it here.

The idea occurred to me while I was on the treadmill and thinking about the new Temeraire book due next year, Crucible of Gold.  For those of you who don't know the series, it's penned by Naomi Novik and is an alternate history set during the Napoleonic Wars and posits what the world would have looked like with dragons.  I adore the series.  It's really, really daunting to write Temeraire fan fic, but once it bit, I really couldn't let it go because Eustace and DRAGONS, in combat.  A part of the 'verse is that the Longwing breed of dragons will accept only female handlers, which causes no end of trouble in the times in which the books are set.  That of course led to the idea that Captain Lucy Pevensie aboard a Longwing Acid spitter was inevitable.  I'd originally thought that Peter ends up signing up and is in the crew of some big combat heavyweight as a gunner.  I've not read a lot of Temeraire fic, though I'm very fond of the cross over that [livejournal.com profile] beatrice_otter did last year for Yuletide, Lieutenant Bennet's Visit

That's all!