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Saturday, July 18th, 2015 10:09 pm
GASP, coming up for air, to say that Snacky has allowed all the Narnia Fic Exchange prompts to be revealed now so that anyone who wants to right a story for Madness can do so.  And it's funny, there always certain themes and this year, there are many prompts with tell me a story where The Last Battle Never Happened, Worldbuilding, AU, and Mythology.  Several new faces, too!  Lots and lots of good stuff and great ideas, so if you want to write something for Madness, go for it. You do not have to be participating in the main exchange.  Like any madness, it's open to anyone.   Snacky's post is here.  Fic is due anytime before August 23.  The minimal rules are here.  The prompts are here.

NFE Madness is a great opportunity to write for an appreciative audience. 

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Friday, July 3rd, 2015 07:07 pm
So, I've been traveling and completely forgot to signal boost the Narnia Fic Exchange.  Sign ups close on Sunday and there are also sign ups for betas and pinch hitters.  It's awesome.  [personal profile] snacky  and [personal profile] aurilly are running it and you should really go play.
Sign ups are here and here on AO3.
Beta offers are here
Pinch hit offers are here

And I guess remix reveals are this weekend.  I mentioned I had 2 stories.  Been a bit of a bust, I guess, but if you can guess which ones I did, I'll write something!

Also, I visited the Joggins Fossil Cliffs and admit to rediscovering some inspiration from the great scientists who also found inspiration there.  So, I may try to pull something about that.  I'm not at all accustomed to walking a rocky shoreline and picking up fossils on the beach.  It was really amazing. (Just trying to figure out who would have gone there in TSG-verse?  Richard Russell?  With Polly?  With Mary?  Eustace? so many possibilities? in verse or AU verse?)  pay this no mind, move along, nothing to see here.  yet.

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Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 11:09 am
The 2015 Three Sentence Ficathon is now CLOSED, with over 4,100 prompts, fills, and comments.  It's been a great exchange and thank you so much for the whacky crackfic, the moving short fic, and the amazing cross-overs.  You all are great.  I won't freeze this -- go ahead and continue to fill any prompts that interest you and comment on fills made.  I just ask that there not be any more NEW prompts. 

We'll be back next year.  Check out the friending meme and friend away and if you post your works on AO3, be sure to use the 3 sentence ficathon tags.

Thank you again, so much!

It's been 2 years, so why not?!!


Caramelsilver ran one in December on Live Journal but I was too busy to play.  There are lots of outstanding prompts over there, so do go and check it out!!  Here's the link!  I did one in early spring 2 years ago here on Dreamwidth, and with Yuletide, Fandomstocking, and Festivids over, I thought I'd run a new one!!  Thanks so much  to [personal profile] snacky and Saoirse7 for the nudge and to [personal profile] st_aurafina for making the swell banner and icon!

What is the 3 Sentence Ficathon?
This is a challenge where you answer a prompt with a fic consisting of only three sentences. It's open to all fandoms and you can post and answer as many prompts as you like, as many times as you want.

What do I do first?
You post prompts!  When posting a prompt please format it this way:

fandom, character(s), prompt word/sentence.

Only one prompt per comment please.

What else?
You answer other posters' prompts in three sentences (or more if you can't stop yourself) and fill as many prompts as you want, as many times as you wish.  If you see that a prompt you loved has already been filled, go ahead and fill it again!  Multiple fills of the same prompt allowed and even encouraged!

But I'm not a member of Dreamwidth
No problem.  You can comment anonymously or through open ID

Can anyone play?
Yes!  Please signal boost this to your flist, followers, and any other places you frequent.  Come one, come all! 
I'm cross-posting to LJ but we will keep all prompts and fills here, so they are in one awesome place (and with less spam).  Please, post this anywhere and everywhere.  The more people who come and play, the better!

[And I'll try to put an embed code in so you can spread the word.  I've tried multiple times and failed so far
[personal profile] snacky  !


How long will it go? 
I'm closing it on Sunday, March 8, 2015.   (Last time, we reached 5,000 comments and I had to start a new one before the ficathon concluded.  If that happens, I'll start a new post).

Are there any rules about cross-posting?
Nope, you can post wherever you want, whenever you want.  A lot of folks collected their responses together and posted them on AO3 under the 3 sentence fiction tag.  3SFs are a terrific prompt for remixes.

Gosh, there are some cool people over here.  How do I introduce myself?
Through the friending meme right here.

And here, have some icons!


Edited, updated 4 Feb 2015 11 PM ET
Edited, updated 21 Feb 2015 10:30 ET to add link to friending meme
Edited, updated 9 March 2015 9:06 EDT to close the 3SF for 2015

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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 09:09 am
Welp, I'm ages behind on everything, and  have been writing up a storm on the things that pay the mortgage.  Also, getting older sucks and I've been struggling with a whole string of health-related things.  Nothing overly serious, at least not yet, but all requiring management.

I fell into binge watching The Librarians, I love Agent Carter, got caught up on Elementary, which has been so strong this season and now reruns of Master Chef have been on BBC America so I've been working out at night to that. 
Also, FESTIVIDS are live, awesome and I love them
And Half-A-Moon is live, 14 days celebrating women in fandom, so GO FORTH and at least share links and recs!  I've not done anything yet.  I usually do at least rec list of a few fics I've enjoyed that are fem-oriented.


Blather about TSG, committment to update, and such )

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Monday, December 8th, 2014 07:56 pm

We've started a Thunderclap for Athena's Daughters 2, an anthology about diverse women written by diverse women (and believe me, we're a really diverse bunch).  Would you please lend the support of your blog, Tumblr, Facebook, or Twitter to supporting this wonderful publication by Silence in the Library publishing?  If you sign up, on December 16, you'll be part of the Thunderclap that spreads the word on social media about this anthology.  I do have a story in it, my first in over 15 years, and I'm really excited to share it.

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Saturday, July 26th, 2014 10:36 pm
I'm just going to borrow/copy/plagiarize the excellent summary of [personal profile] edenfalling . The Narnia Fic Exchange 2014 sign ups are live, until August 1!  It is a great exchange that [personal profile] snacky has run since 2008. This year it's moving from LJ to AO3, which means it will no longer be a double-blind exchange (in other words, writers now know who their recipients are) and the stories will all go live at once and be anonymous for a week instead of being posted one per day to LJ and remaining anonymous until all are up.  Alas, this means I lose that great tag line, 30 days of fic, but that's OK.  It's a great, great exchange and lots of wonderful authors participate.

Dates and information are here and here (LJ and DW).

The NFE has never been a very large exchange -- there were only twenty fics in 2008, which rose to all of thirty-seven (not including Madness ficlets) in 2013 -- but the general quality is very high and it's a lot of fun. If you have any interest in Narnia fandom, come give it a chance! Signups run until August 1, so you have a few days to consider your options.
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Saturday, March 8th, 2014 09:17 am
In the past I've written in response to International Women's Day. If you have a fem-oriented prompt, please leave it, and I'll try to write something cheerful and fun and maybe it will have the added bonus of jump-starting the rest of my downcast muse.

EDIT -- please feel free to signal boost, fill any prompt that catches your eye and cross post to your own journal!  Gif!  A sentence!  3 sentences!  A personal reflection!  anything that inspires you!  The sun is shining (here at least) so let's celebrate women and spread the cheer.

The wonderful and awesome [personal profile] jjhunter and alexseanchai are doing the same thing here and here so go play!


if you are interested in seeing the final chapter of H&M )

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Sunday, February 2nd, 2014 01:18 pm
Two signal boosts!

The terrific pan-fandom Remix Redux 2014 will is on.  I am thrilled and so grateful to the admins for picking it up again.
And Halfamoon, 14 days of celebrating women is open as well, on LJ and DW  So go post your awesome ladies recs, content, and meta!  I have found some of my favorite fem-oriented vids there, so go forth and rec and link!  (I'll be adding some Narnia recs in a bit).

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Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 09:48 am
I've been following this on and off since 2007 but did not realize until I saw a Salon article yesterday that the problem has persisted.  Almost 600 dogs and cats have died since 2007 after ingesting jerky treats most made in China.

As the US FDA states on its website:

Within hours of eating treats sold as jerky tenders or strips made of chicken, duck, sweet potatoes and/or dried fruit, some pets have exhibited decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes with blood or mucus), increased water consumption, and/or increased urination.

Severe cases have involved kidney failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, and a rare kidney disorder. About 60 percent of cases involved gastrointestinal illness, and about 30 percent involved kidney and urinary systems.

The remaining cases reported various symptoms, such as collapse, convulsions or skin issues.

Most of the jerky treats implicated have been made in China. Manufacturers of pet foods are not required by U.S. law to state the country of origin for each ingredient in their products.

A number of jerky pet treat products were removed from the market in January 2013 after a New York State lab reported finding evidence of up to six drugs in certain jerky pet treats made in China. While the levels of these drugs were very low and it's unlikely that they caused the illnesses, FDA noted a decrease in reports of jerky-suspected illnesses after the products were removed from the market. FDA believes that the number of reports may have declined simply because fewer jerky treats were available.

Meanwhile, the agency urges pet owners to be cautious about providing jerky treats. If you do provide them and your pet becomes sick, stop the treats immediately, consider seeing your veterinarian, and save any remaining treats and the packaging for possible testing.

What is alarming is that they don't know what is causing these illnesses and a lot of testing hasn't revealed it, which indicates someone has put something in these intending to hide it and/or it's a little known toxin.  Previous instances include melamine in pet food to boost protein content  and oversulfated condroitin sulfate in heparin to cheaply mimic that drug's blood thinning properties and escape the test methods that were normally used at the time.   

I had not realized until just know that even dried sweet potato was associated with the problem -- though since 2007 I've only bought Made in US dog food and treats.  The supply chain is international and fact is, most of the active ingredients in your drugs come from overseas, particularly China and India.  I'm not someone to over-react to things but this is worrying and so I'll signal boost and probably return the sweet potato treats to the store this weekend. 
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Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 08:54 am
The Narnia Fic Exchange has begun and wow, the first story that went up is a knock out.  The Meeting of Three Powers written for [personal profile] pencildragon11 It's a lovely story filled with Calormen worldbuilding, a rich characterizations of Rabadash, Susan, and Lune, AU Golden Age, and a surprise ending that quite took my breath away.  In a remarkable coincidence, pencildragon11 -- the recipient of this NFE story -- had posted on Sunday a very sad tale of a 15-year old Queen Susan getting very hurt in her first young romance -- won with false dice is  a painfully accurate characterization of how a girl/young woman actually would blunder her way through her first failed romance.  Susan is stronger and wiser at the end but she's got a way to go yet.  To read these two stories together (with HHB in the middle) gives an amazingly consistent character arc -- there is a line in Meeting of Three Powers where Susan states she is closer to wisdom and that is what these stories do together -- they tell a story over a decade or more, of how Queen Susan comes closer to wisdom. 

Your mileage may vary but I found them very satisfying, all the more so because they were written by different authors and independently. 

Also, there's the Madness Round going on, so if you see a prompt and feel like writing a paragraph, go for it! With 38 (I think?) stories still to go, you've got over a month and it can be posted at the end of the exchange. 

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Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 08:31 pm
The deadline for the Narnia Fic Exchange was yesterday and [personal profile] snacky  says posting of stories will begin on August 26!!!

Doing something new, there is now an open Madness round!  All the prompts have been posted, though the person making the request is anonymous (for now).  You can go, peruse the prompts, and if you see something that catches your eye, you can write it!  No word limit, no beta requirements, nothing!  The only requirement is that you post your response to the prompt after the main stories have been posted.  Given that there are 30 prompts, you'll have over a month to write something, anything.  You don't have to claim a prompt, you don't have tell anyone you are doing it, you just write and once the main exchange is over, you have a week to post the story there and anywhere else.

Currently all prompts are anonymous.  Once posting begins on the 26th, the prompts will, as they are filled, be revealed so you can even know for whom you are writing. 

So do come and join us!  The prompts are so interesting and really fun.  Also, a lot of people watch the Narnia fic exchange who are outside the usual posting places -- it's a great way to discover new readers and new writers. 

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Monday, July 15th, 2013 09:32 am
So I got almost 2000 words of introduction in my NFE this weekend, so go me, and really gosh I hope this works.  Not to reveal too much but unlike previous years, I don't think this one is going to be screaming RUTH WAS HERE.

I've been following some Twitter and Pit hijinks.  Oh Narnia fandom, you have changed.  A really, really epically popular author of 2 years ago just posted an update and received not a single review.  Not one.  And how bad is it that each time [personal profile] starbrow  says oh here's a fic where Peter comforts Edmund after being whipped with a cat, I keep thinking felines and why would anyone do that to a pussy cat?   I obviously do not have the proper mindset and fail at Internet.

BUT, two lovely things. 

The Bujold 2013 Open Ficathon is now open from prompts, including Simon and Alys at the Orb, yes please.   Kou as an electric eel?   And I've recently suborned others to read Chalion so let's get some Chalion love going too, maybe. 

And this is just the most wonderful exchange, with noms still be accepted until the 21 July.  The Exchange at Fic Corner which is eligible for any fandom that was marketed to children or young adult literature/media, etc, regardless of size, so even Harry Potter is eligible.  I nominated Narnia and am currently toying with some others.  I need to give this some thought and post some questions to the mod because I have SO MANY kids' books that just beg for expansion and I've already commented in the wrong place once and feel guilty and ashamed because sometimes I am such a n00b.  

  I would dearly love to see the following nominated:
  • Lloyd Alexander, Chronicles of Pyrdain
  • Tangled
  • Mr. Putter and Tabby (ZOMG wonderful children's early chapter book.  Why the whole world does not the glories of the wild and crazy Mrs. Teaberry and her good dog, Zeke, I do not know)
  • Richard Scary (come on, don't you want a story about Huckle, Lowly Worm, Goldbug and Sally on a road trip?)
  • All the DK picture and board books I went through (Trucks, Trains, Fire Engines, Cars, "See, look at the yellow reticulated dump truck!  Can you show me the red front end loader?  Which is bigger, the backhoe digger or the crane?")
  • Sandra Boynton, ALL (ALL THE HIPPOS GO BESERK-- one hippo all alone, calls two hippos on the phone.  three hippos at the door bring along another four.)

The timing on both of these can be fit within the NFE if you are in a creative mood.  So, have at it!

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Thursday, June 13th, 2013 05:06 pm
The Narnia Fic Exchange is open!
Sign ups
Pinch Hitters

Signups open: June 9
Signups close: June 19
Prompts sent out: by June 24
Fics due: anytime before August 19
Posting begins: August 26

Go!  sign up!

In comments to Part 1 of Lost in Translation, ruanchunxian0 and some others commented that they'd like to see Peter being all doting and flailing so I posted this.

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Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 07:07 pm

The Narnia Fic Exchange 2013 is beginning!

Signups open: June 9
Signups close: June 19
Prompts sent out: by June 24
Fics due: anytime before August 19
Posting begins: August 26

[personal profile] snacky is running it again! Thanks Snax! They will be looking for participants, betas and pinch hitters! 1,000 word minimum and the quality of the stories is always so high!

I have received wonderful stories from this:[personal profile] edenfalling wrote the fabulous Queen Lucy, the Firebird, and the Death of Koschei the Deathless for ME last year!

I've also received the wonderful More than kisses letters mingle souls by [personal profile] athousandwinds (Polly the suffragist and Digory home from the war with a commendation!) and Written in the dust by [personal profile] bedlamsbard (fake history!)

So do think about signing up!!!
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Monday, November 5th, 2012 09:15 pm

In non-election news,

Narnia Big Bang 2 has begun!
Thanks  [livejournal.com profile] snacky [personal profile] snackyfor running the Challenge again!

Because I continue to fail at cross posting, I've also posted on Dreamwidth
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Monday, November 5th, 2012 09:09 pm

In non-election news,

Narnia Big Bang 2 has begun!
Thanks to [personal profile] snacky  for running the Challenge again!
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Friday, August 31st, 2012 01:31 pm
So, the Narnia Fic Exchange will be winding up soon.  I've really enjoyed so many of the stories.  Anon commenting is available, so do check them out.

In the Bujold community, Hedda62 just posted Further Up and Further In, a Betan Survey/Narnia cross over to fill the prompt:  You know all those Betan survey ships that go into wormholes and don’t come out? They go to Narnia. It's so much fun.  I really enjoyed it.

In recognition of some real ugliness and other things, [livejournal.com profile] lady_songsmith has started a new Comm, Marvelous Things Beyond Reckoning to promote the stories that celebrate "the diversity of vision in Narnia and the richness of the world."  Huzzah.  PM her with questions and suggestions. 

The ugliness, more on that briefly, below, underscores how much I miss the Narnia Fanfiction Revolution community which had at its core a celebration of diversity and creativity.  It was that rare thing in the Narnia fandom, a community that did not tolerate intolerance.   Maybe, given that the films are over and the fandom is contracting again, there is no need for it and so its demise will pass unremarked.  Still, I miss it.  I know the technical skill to transfer the old site to the new server is beyond me and I really don't know anything about forum management.  If anyone has any thoughts on this -- is there a need for it, if so where, who, and how -- I welcome your thoughts.

I've been trying to write but have been badly distracted.  First, I managed to fall into a rabbit cage on to cement and now have bruises and cuts on both legs, knees, feet and one arm.  I have been Battered by bunnies.  School also started and so that is always a stressful time of year.  huzzah for a long weekend.

Second, I had a unsigned, anonymous review to I love not man the less but nature more.  Over the last day, I've been tinkering with a response.  There's a little more here, under the cut.  Please be warned -- this anon review and my discussion that follows contain horribly homophobic language bracketed by smileys.  If being labeled horrible things due to sexual orientation is triggering, stop now. 

How did I become the poster child in the Narnia culture wars? ) 

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Monday, April 16th, 2012 10:17 pm
So, the whopping (and I do mean whopping) Chapter 15 is up.  I thought of splitting it, but once you read it, I think you'll see why I didn't.  No historical notes, really.  It pretty much speaks for itself.

The first 4,000 words of Chapter 15 (with a notable exception in the first couple of paragraphs) repeats Chapter 1 of Rat and Sword Go To War.  Then, it goes off in a different direction.   I had really wanted to get this chapter up before Rat and Sword as they are so closely aligned and this is how I'd intended it -- the AW update first and then Rat and Sword.  I'll start posting Rat and Sword later in the week on ff.net so they can all be read together in one place.

I'll take this opportunity to signal boost the writers and artists of the Narnia Big Bang stories. They are wonderful and please check them out.  Every one is a wonderful, original contribution.  I've so enjoyed them all and tomorrow is the last one!  A huge thanks to [livejournal.com profile] snacky for running a wonderful Big Bang and to [livejournal.com profile] heverus for my beautiful art.

Also, REMIX.  I didn't do the official one, but [livejournal.com profile] musesfool has open season Remix Madness 2012!  Post if you are willing to have your stories Remixed and then pick a story from those who have signed up!  No word limit!  No assignments!  No pressure! (and if you've ever had the urge to fix anything I've done, HAVE AT IT).  I have signed up and I noticed that [livejournal.com profile] snacky [livejournal.com profile] edenfalling [livejournal.com profile] therck and [livejournal.com profile] vialethe have as well as others whose work I know and love. 

Errr, right, signing off now and it's what you were expecting.  I think this fleshes out a lot of Rat and Sword, plus stands on its own.
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Saturday, April 14th, 2012 09:49 am
The Narnia Big Bang is in full swing and you should go check it out!

We have the creepy gothic circa regna tonat by [livejournal.com profile] deathsblood
And the delightful caper,The Red Leather Trousers Escapade (1/17) by [livejournal.com profile] wingedflight21 (Eustace, Jill, pineapples, and a mongoose who thinks he's a squirrel)
And To Every Thing There Is a Season by [livejournal.com profile] edenfalling (which I am going to read now read last night and it's fabulous)
 [livejournal.com profile] snacky also has a poll up.

There is also wonderful art up for the stories by [livejournal.com profile] heverus, [livejournal.com profile] i_autumnheart, [livejournal.com profile] caitriona_3 and [livejournal.com profile] sophiap

My thanks to the folks on AO3, guest(s), mattador and Samizdat, for the kudos.  (Given that Samizdat is the name of one of my favorite Star Wars fics from the 90s by Shura4, I really did a double-take when I saw that handle).

I was going to put this behind a deep (new LJ! scissors) cut that was all navel-gazing about how as of Friday after 29 years, I am no longer swimming in the Tiber, but have pulled myself out of that river and decided to cross the Thames.  I mention this only as I know a lot of you have been down this road (and swum this river), and so probably understand the general vibe of anger and regret.

AW in progress )
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Friday, March 9th, 2012 09:43 am
I had seen this in my io9 feed, and [livejournal.com profile] lady_songsmith brought it to my attention that the American Museum of Natural History is hosting an online briefing today at 12:30 PM Eastern Time, US, to discuss research into the nature and color of feathers on Microraptor, a pigeon-sized, 4 winged dinosaur from 130 million years ago. You can read about the webchat and research here.

So very, very cool.