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Friday, August 14th, 2015 10:22 pm
Inspired by my trip to Nova Scotia, I posted the first chapter of a three part story, The Star Husband.  It's on AO3 and FF.net.  The first chapter is Polly and Richard, and elaborates further on some short things I posted here several years ago. 

I need to work on the NFE now then I'll finish it up.  I have a lot of thoughts about it, particularly this characterization of Richard in the prime of his physical and intellectual life, 20 years before the start of TSG.  Some reviewers have pointed out some great things and questions, which I will answer once I'm not traveling.  Great stuff, some of which I intended and some of which I didn't.  I've always been kinda on the fence about Richard and I know some of that ambivalence comes out.  He's so enthusiastic and pedal to the metal, so focused, and so appreciative of things, it's a joy, but he IS manipulative. 

The story that Rita tells of the Star Husband is one that I saw in the Halifax Museum of Natural History.  I've had real problems finding it elsewhere and I'm a little worried that it's not a geunine Mi'kmaq story.  I did eventually find it, in the exact same format as it appeared in the museum.  So, I dunno.  When I read it, I immediately thought of Narnian stories and the importance of stars and so wanted to highlight a little bit of this First Nations culture. 

If you are interested, I hope you enjoy it.

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Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 10:12 pm
I just posted Chapter 12, Ties that Bind from Apostolic Way.

So, lessee. 

We have a further development of the different bonding systems of the animal kingdom.  In addition to the citations from the last entry, here, I offer the following, which explains something of Richard's reluctance and shock upon learning of the behaviors, a discussion that [livejournal.com profile] h_dash_h and I continued.  The following article addresses, among other things, just how long it took for the scientific community to even acknowledge what they did not see for decades.

Homosexual sex between ostriches was interpreted by one scientist as “a nuisance” that “goes on and on.” One man, studying Mazarine Blue butterflies in Morocco in 1987, regretted having to report “the lurid details of declining moral standards and of horrific sexual offenses” which are “all too often packed” into national newspapers. And a bighorn-sheep biologist confessed in his memoir, “I still cringe at the memory of seeing old D-ram mount S-ram repeatedly.” To think, he wrote, “of those magnificent beasts as ‘queers’ — Oh, God!”
Can Animals Be Gay, New York Times, March 31, 2010, Jon Mooallem

From Bailey and Zuk,Same-sex sexual behavior and evolution, Trends in Ecology & Evolution, June 16, 2009, I quote the following:
It is crucial that scientific contributions from animal studies shed more light than heat on the topic of same-sex behavior, so it is useful to define promising directions for future work and identify pitfalls to avoid as the field matures.

We get a lot more of Aidan and Lucy and a glimpse of Edmund and Morgan.  Doctor Dolly had asked what bonding Edmund and Lucy did if Susan and Peter had bonded with Narnia.  That answer is here in the chapter, and would be covered, eventually, in Harold and Morgan.  Aidan is quite the Stu character -- but I really cannot imagine Lucy in an angsty or combative relationship.  She's chosen a really good guy. 

And, finally, we have a scene with Mary and Peter alone, which was another one people wanted to see as we'd not seen them in the same space since way back in Part 1.  Which means of course, I simply had to do homage to camels, the Amazon, Scotus, and [livejournal.com profile] anastigmatfic.  Thank you!  The devastating reveal teased of in the last chapter is that Peter is irresistible camels.  I don't do OTPs, but if I did, that is THE ONE.

Then we get to the codebreakers.  The descriptions come from a couple of places, including this book by Sir F.H. Hinsley, the BBC site, WW2 The People's War  and a big huge World War 2 book that describes everything in detail, on each day of the war.  Each day. 

So, I hope you like it.  I didn't hear from a whole bunch of the usual people with the last chapter, so I'm a uneasy about posting this.  But it's done and I don't hold things hostage and the next one is well underway.  Those albatrosses and the references to Lysistrata will become more relevant.  Then I turn to the Narnia Big Bang, Rat and Sword Go To War. The deadline is February, so I'm going to be focusing on knocking out a war story in about 2 months.

And do check out the 3 sentence ficathon.  Awesome writers, really creative stuff and it's a terrific time suck (in the best possible way)
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Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 01:54 pm
Hello out there! A few things! First, sign ups for the Narnia Big Bang are underway! Only 10,000 words! or 20,000 words! And Artists! yes, please the Big Bang needs those who are good with art in whatever format -- fanmix, icons, drawing, digital, etc. etc. So, go! Sign up! Narnia Big Bang.

On the subject of writing, I am, having peppered [livejournal.com profile] l_a_r_m regarding what Richard Russell looks like post hospital stay. (Really, I have no idea).  Clio has been helping with Jill.  I am, oddly, writing the events immediately post-Silver Chair for the third time -- once in a draft that didn't survive the decision to abandon the initial outline and write TQSiT, a second time for Under Cover, and now this time.  I'm over 10,000 words in and it's going pretty well. My latest issue has been what I could lop off and do for the Narnia Big Bang -- which I really want to do. It's all overwhelming and daunting, and I'm feeling the failure acutely. I also recently saw a tattoo on a woman that said, "You're doing it wrong" and have considered that very appropriate given some of the latest.  Why do people always add the "but"?

In really, really exciting news, that I just saw via Twitter, the Royal Society has just made all its articles available online for free that are over 70 years old, going back to 1665, including Benjamin Franklin's kite experiment, Isaac Newton's first paper and Thomas Huxley's paper Remarks upon Archaopteryx lithographica which I cited in TSG.

Sneak peek behind the cut )
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Saturday, January 29th, 2011 11:52 pm
The following comment fics happened when I spammed the LJ of the lovely [livejournal.com profile] animus_wyrmis .  I realized after posting [livejournal.com profile] l_a_r_m  's birthday fic that I should probably move these all over here, in one place.  There are more over in Animus' LJ, but here is the gist of my own deplorable hijacking of the thread with discussion of the friends of the Friends of Narnia.  I discussed and linked it earlier, here, but it's all sort of hard to find and two people have asked for links, so here it is in one place.  The Lucy story is part of a much larger thread, with contributions by several amazing, talented women, including [livejournal.com profile] metonomia [livejournal.com profile] lady_songsmith  and [livejournal.com profile] animus_wyrmis

For those who saw these over in animus' LJ, there's no new content (other than what I did for LARM's birthday fic).

Susan, the Colonel and Tebbitt was posted here.

Peter and the Tril )


Polly and Richard on Valentine's Day )


Lucy was in a tree again )


Susan and Agnes have lunch )
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Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 10:31 pm
It's up.  Moles in the Garden, Part 1.  I tried really hard to get another update in February -- it's been slightly more than 2 weeks.  So...
Once again, we are not in Susan's point of view, and in fact, it's not in America at all.  As happened at the end of Part 1, it's both looking back, and beginning to set the stage for the next part, Part 3.  It's the night that TQSiT began, when Peter arrives to see Eustace, Lucy, and Edmund, the evening of their return from the Dawn Treader, so the barriers between Spare Oom and Narnia are rather "porous" -- though of course a thematic element of TQSiT is that the two worlds are not so separate after all. 

So, that's that.  Thanks so very, very much.  And why did it never occur to me before that Neverland and Narnia both begin with the letter N.
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Sunday, February 21st, 2010 06:52 am
I was up too late last night and now am up too early this morning after checking my office Blackberry (yes, you read that correctly) and seeing a delightful entry from [livejournal.com profile] lady_songsmith   She wrote that she had some thoughts on this Thing I am working on/have been working on, and would I be interested in starting a conversation?  So I naturally came downstairs, fired up the laptop and now say yes! yes! yes!

I am an egotistical sot, I suppose.    But I adore talking about stuff and my brain hurts in the best of possible ways after some NFFR conversations about Difficult Themes and then diving (again) into the work of [livejournal.com profile] bethemoon and [livejournal.com profile] bedlamsbard 

So, [livejournal.com profile] lady_songsmith bring it on.

Update on Chapter 17 )

Err, yeah.  back to bed.