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The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
All right, that one came out fast enough. (I was kind of in a hurry to get to an introduction...)
Chapter Four: The Quest Gets Off To a Perfect StartCollapse )
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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?

Chapter Three: I Flip A CoinCollapse )
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Still feeling my way into this world...
Chapter Two: The Apprentice Gets A ShockCollapse )
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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.
Chapter One: My Wish Is GrantedCollapse )
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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.
The Big Empty, Chapter 15Collapse )
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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.
The Big Empty, Chapter 14Collapse )
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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.
The Big Empty, Chapter 13Collapse )
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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.
The Big Empty, Chapter 12Collapse )
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Well, we're drifting. I'm good with drifting, and it won't feel quite so drifty when the whole story is together -- just a couple of drifty chapters. But that happens in travel stories.

Anyway, the proper rebellion has just given the kids to the rebel rebels, in the form of a woman named Rebecca Blunt, who has an inflatable boat, which she and the kids use to get moving down the Ohio River.

The Big Empty, Chapter 11Collapse )
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Okay. Back to business! The kids have just been told by an officer named Rose that there are warrants out for them from Twelve.
The Big Empty, Chapter 10Collapse )
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I just re-opened the outline for The Big Empty, which I left off last March (eep) at the end of Part I (Chapter 9). Thirteen months is a long time to hold the thread of it, practically a Sherlock-ian season break. ;p

So, I figured it could use some "previously on"s.

The full nine chapters and prologue are at AO3.

Meanwhile...

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