"Stories matter hugely, but in a way that’s too complex and variable for us to predict - and trying to police it is an exercise in futility because there’s no set of criteria we can conceive that will help us draw lines in the right places. There ARE no right places - there are only individual people whose responses cannot be managed in advance, however good our intentions. Especially not if we are concerned – as we absolutely should be – with preserving readers’ access to stories that can help them heal, or find their voices, or bring new insight. There is no way to formulate a set of boundaries that anticipates what a given story will do for a given reader in a given moment. None." - teaser from On the Formative Work of Reading
5 questions meme
RULES: 1) Always leave the rules intact for other people to see. 2) Answer the questions you received from the person who tagged you. 3) Write down new questions and tag new people. 4) Message those people, saying that you tagged them. 5) After answering your questions, tell the person who tagged you about it.
I was tagged by restfield over on my Tumblr account. Since I'm new there and have few connections, I'm tagging some people on Live Journal and others on Facebook.
1. If you have to live in a fictional universe of a book\movie\series etc. which one would you choose? At first I thought, none because often in fantasy and science fiction a good part of the conflict comes from a dangerous environment, but then I thought of the future in Woman at the Edge of Time (the book jumps between present and future) and I think that'd be a good universe to live in. Yes, there is a war and I can't say it doesn't impinge on anyone's life because one of the characters goes off to fight and dies, but as a place to grow-up and live it promotes creativity and is quite supportive.
2. Name a book, show or movie you like. If you have to remove one significant (and preferrably non-villain) character from it, which one would you choose? I would totally remove Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He just bugs me.
3. What’s the most exotic thing you’ve ever eaten? I don't consider most of the food I've eaten exotic. I like octopus/squid because it has the suckers on and I think that's fun. Frog legs when I was a teen. Oooh, chocolate covered cicadas. We had a big cicada outbreak here some years ago and one of the guys at work, with friends, harvested cicadas and made a bunch of dishes actually but he brought the ones dunked in chocolate into work for us to try. His office-mate, originally from Nigeria, refused to try them until James egged him on saying, “Come on, man, you've eaten termites.”
4. What’s the last song that you wanted to listen on the repeat mode? Oooh, this one's easy. For the last week or so I've been listening to Leonard Cohen's Live in London album and repeating “Hallelujah” again and again and again.
5. Besides tumblr, are there any websites\social networks you frequent? Live Journal, Facebook, Archive of Our Own, and fanfiction.net.
What's the last creative project you played around with?
What's the best dessert you've ever had? Or what's a great dessert you've had recently?
If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be?
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Since it's National Poetry Month, what's your favorite poem?
Prompt: 458 - Twister
Summary: Another chapter for Shanshu
Word Count: 796
( The idea to practice fighting from the ground had come out of an injury. After one of the Slayers had been tossed five feet by a demon, she"d jumped back to her feet too quickly, leaving her open to attack by a second demon. She"d survived and healed but Andrew had decreed that they"d start training to fight from awkward positions. Tess had thought he was joking when he"d told her to incorporate the game Twister.Collapse )
Shanshu was nominated in the SunnyD Awards in all of these categories: Best Author, Best Post-Series Fic, Best Unfinished Fic, Best Original Character! Wow, many thanks to whomever nominated my story!
Prompt: 457 - fugacious
Summary: Part 27 of Shanshu
Word Count: 1022
Note: When he says fugacious, Will is quoting a poem: ' [ Late August ] ' - Poem by Ency Bearis
( “Spike? What"s wrong?” Granted, they"d been kidnapped by demons and dumped in a dungeon, but there was no reason, as far as Willow could see, for Spike to curl up in a corner. Oh, wait, Spike was human now and had amnesia. Maybe human Spike wasn"t comfortable with weirdness, which was weird in and of itself given that whole devoted to Drusilla for a hundred years thing he"d had going on. Of course if he didn"t remember Drusilla and he didn"t remember demons, this would all seem kind of strange, but he"d lived with strange for so long you think it"d be ingrained into his psyche or something even if not his memories.Collapse )