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The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Finally -- I couldn't get these guy out of the barn! And then I realized it was because I forgot to set soemthing in the last chapter that I really kind of needed to do for the plot, so...

I made a change in how Reyna left the ship in the last chapter. This is the new dialogue:
She nodded. "There were men in collars and I think they could get shocked or zapped or something. I told my sister that we just got away from that, and she said, 'We didn't get away, we were shoved out.' And she's right, only…" She looked at us with a hint of the old defiance. "I don't think boys ought to be treated like that any more than girls ought to. I don't think it's right. And I said that. And I went back to the pirates. She can do what she wants. But she's wrong. No one should be treated that way."

"No argument," I said.

"Anyway, they turned south again. That cruise ship was headed for the Panama canal. They wanted another whack at it. So did I. Only a couple of days out, that's when we hit a sea monster. It was the first one we saw since we got out of the Sea of Monsters. We had to go far out to sea to avoid it, and every time they got near the coast, it went after them again. They said in the old days, people would sacrifice a maiden to it. They got a funny look in their eyes, and the next thing you know, I’m in a cell and they're headed back for the coast. I broke out, took what I could and… left."

"How did you get to shore?"

"I had help," she said. "And we'll leave it there for now." She picked at the sleeve of her blouse. "That was last week. And I realized I can't really stay here. I needed to get back, because I left someone there. So… I figured I needed leverage to get back on."

"You're going back to help someone?" Bobby asked.

She nodded. "The one who helped me get away. I think they took him. He hasn't come to join me. And then maybe I'll take the ship. I
am good at being a pirate."


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Okay, so I'm going back over some of the PJO books, and there's a fairly regular occurrence of the kids not getting the music that their elders listened to. I see it a lot in a lot of fiction.

I just wondered: Is that really all that common?

I mean, yeah, I don't listen to a lot of contemporary stuff now (just lost interest at some point), but when I was a kid, I loved my mom's music as much as my own generations'. I mean, I listened to Madonna and Michael Jackson and Wham and all of the 80s greats, but I liked the Beatles and the Surpremes and Chuck Berry and... well, honestly, I liked my grandmother's big band music, too. I was always pretty into whatever happened to be playing.

I dunno. I guess I don't get the, "Ick, it's not of right now, so I hate it" thing.
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So, I figured it was about time to add a pretty prominent character...

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All right, that one came out fast enough. (I was kind of in a hurry to get to an introduction...)
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And, just because I sort of enjoy making up cover schemes...

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I promise to get them on the road next chapter. Meanwhile, maybe a dream visit with a couple of old friends?

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Still feeling my way into this world...
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Well, I wanted to get writing again, but obviously, I can't seem to slip into Panem anymore. Drat. But trying out New Rome is fun. I think I'm starting to get Jason's voice.
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I went on a two-week vacation home to western New York. I rode the Maid of the Mist (haven't done that since little-kid-dom, and it was a blast), and visited family, and went to my favorite place in the world, Letchworth State Park. I got to talk to two friends who are still in the area. And I got sad because the reason only two people are still around, I think, is that the economy is even more tanked there than it used to be. Buffalo's perking up (well, actually, I kind of think "gentrifying" may be closer to the mark in some ways), but Niagara Falls, NY is dire, and my hometown... I went down Main Street and it was... did I already use "dire"? They're trying, God knows, but you can only have so many supporting businesses in town when there's not a big industry left to support. I picked up a copy of the local paper, where I did my first pro writing (paid by the inch, when I was in high school), and I saw the refurbished park, and how someone restored the old Victorian I used to live in when it was split into apartments. (Hint on bad economy: A six bedroom, three bath house on a quarter acre of land with a swimming pool across the street from a park is valued under six figures. Oh, and a BLOCK OF BUILDINGS auctioned off for $350.)

On a more positive note, I visited out around Palmyra, too, and saw three missionaries acting like total teenagers, having a rolling race down Hill Cumorah.

I can't seem to get writing again, so I may have to just issue apologies, wipe the slate clean, and start in another fandom. I'm kind of running out of stuff to say on THG. (No, I haven't started hating it or anything -- I still love all my fandoms -- I've just been finding it a chore not to repeat myself lately.) I'm thinking about PJO. I got half a book mapped out of Jason's pre-HOO adventures, just for kicks.
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I keep obsessing over Gloss and Cashmere. What do their parents do during the rebellion? Gloss's girlfriend? for Angela
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Any chance of a conversation between Duronda and some of the other victors, where Duronda mentions meeting Mags' mother? Or just other behind the scenes victor interaction/shenanigans for Maraudercat
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I was wondering, in my typical way, what kind of classical music has survived, and how residents of Panem interact with them. I think there would also be certain of the folk songs that survive as well, those things hang on forever. I don't mind who reflects on 'ancient' music, but you know how I love the surviving victors and their families. for willowlistener
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We don't seem to hear from the District 5 victors very often. What do they think of the capitol and the rebel victors? For that matter, how are their relationships with their own district? for Beth
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I can't believe how stuck I still am. I will get these guys moving.

In the meantime, mini-challenge-call? First five.

  1. I was wondering, in my typical way, what kind of classical music has survived, and how residents of Panem interact with them. I think there would also be certain of the folk songs that survive as well, those things hang on forever. I don't mind who reflects on 'ancient' music, but you know how I love the surviving victors and their families. for willowlistener
  2. We don't seem to hear from the District 5 victors very often. What do they think of the capitol and the rebel victors? For that matter, how are their relationships with their own district? for Beth
  3. I keep obsessing over Gloss and Cashmere. What do their parents do during the rebellion? Gloss's girlfriend? for Angela
  4. Any chance of a conversation between Duronda and some of the other victors, where Duronda mentions meeting Mags' mother? Or just other behind the scenes victor interaction/shenanigans for Maraudercat
  5. In End of the World I remember Digger mentioning that Duronda had come to the Community Home to talk to them ... could we see one of those talks? for shiiki
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Whew. Took a while, but it finally started to move again. I will get them to the Capitol yet! And then, maybe I'll do another story to cover Duronda's Games.
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Okay, I want to get started writing again, but I need to limber up the brain.

So... ask the characters anything.
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I'm still here, if you're wondering, and still working on TBE and Snowmelt, but I'm kind of stressed out, and it has not been good for the old putting-one-word-next-to-another trick.

I'll get my act together. But I figured it would be a good idea to check in so you know I'm still on the skin of the world. :D
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Phew. Last night I couldn't seem to get writing, so I had to punish myself by scrubbing my floors on my hands and knees. If I hadn't been able to get going tonight, I might have had to resort to vacuuming.

Luckily, Avi decided to start philosophizing for me.

They are making their way across the Great Plains in North Dakota, headed for a windfarm outside District Five.
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Hey, Agent Carter fans... I doubt this petition to Netflix will really do any good, but it would sure feel good to get the number of signatures, to prove that the fanbase is fine!
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Effrim and co. arrived in D8 only to find it occupied by the Capitol. After being sheltered in a makeshift synagogue under a factory by a blind teenager named Avi (and his little sister, Leah), they plan to leave with a shipment of cloth... but before they can, the rebels decide to retake the city.
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My longer review of ToA:THO, at Elements of Fiction WITH SPOILERS. Many, many, super lots of spoilers.
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Okay, already this is taking odd turns on me again. ;p They were going to walk into the battle, but no one would behave, and I decided to just go ahead and spend a little time with Eight.
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