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09 August 2003 @ 11:49 am
Words, Roxanne.  
thamiris is gloriously abuzz today. I am limp and overwhelmed, mouth agape, unable to rise from her divan, pinned in place by a swarm of golden buzzing words.

I used to more often make lists of words I intended to include in stories. Here's a list I once had for a Sentinel story, more or less intended for Blair:
Dionysian, impudent, saucy, compact, concise, succinct, pithy, snug, accomplice, consort, dispatch, saturated, replete, nerve, mettle, pluck, game, gamecock, pugnacious, cross, complex, illegible, difficult, irregular, gallant, honey-mouthed, humanist, lax, unbridled, loosening, anarchical, leap, hop, bound, kangaroo, grasshopper, flea, billy goat, fierce, savage, groove, curry, amiable, cranky, jumping bean, spring, frog, leaper, romp, cavort, frisky, lively, bouncy, cut capers, frolic, skittish, curvet, overtaxed, coil and recoil, reservoir
Meanwhile, I managed to spend most of yesterday browsing and reading stories. It was one of those things where you're like, "I'll just read a few before I start writing," and then your snack-sized impulse insidiously takes you over and before you know it hours have passed and you haven't written a thing, because it was all just your subconscious's way to distract you from staying on task.

But I read good stuff, including The Sorcerer's Apprentice, which fills a certain hunger that had been whetted by shorter Snape/Harry stories, but which is still unfinished. I mean, it's obviously built on a five-year plan, and we're only part of the way into year two. But it's so gooooood! (She wailed.) I suddenly get how some people must feel about the noir, because I want to say impatiently, "Please drop everything you're doing at *once* and finish this ambitious epic you've started, damn it!"

Among other things I read yesterday, a list which owes heavily to Sandy's rec page:I am Anna's raging bulletproof kink: the amnesiac slave story. "Forgotten" is built perfectly to spec, a cliche parade, but absolutely beautiful, every element of the standard template humanized and rendered specific to the characters. I loved, loved, loved it. The story has a headstart on its goal, because the characters already have a very close relationship. I point that out because I wouldn't mind reading an S/X story like this, but those two lack the same degree of personal intimacy as Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon, and so the emotional tone of such a story would be very different--would end up far edgier, I think. You could presuppose that Xander and Spike had a relationship, yeah, but that'd be harder to sell.

Of course, variations on a theme is what it's all about, and I like edgy.

(By the way, if you type "Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon" into Google, the first result you get is, "Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon on Ice." No comment needed, I think.)

For my breakfast reading (er, late start), I am just now feeling my way into One Bare Hour, a Stargate story. Slash, I think.

<Shatner> Must. Not. Get. Sucked. Into. Fictional. Vortext. Again. </Shatner>

(Do you like vortext? Typo, but I'm keeping it.)
caille on August 9th, 2003 12:06 pm (UTC)
"Amnesiac slave stories."

Oh no. You've identified a BP Kink I didn't know I had until now. What does that say about me? Forget the subtext. What about the vortext?
Destinadestina on August 9th, 2003 12:20 pm (UTC)
For my breakfast reading (er, late start), I am just now feeling my way into One Bare Hour, a Stargate story.

Ohhh. That's one of my all-time favorite stories. Maybe I'll go read it again now. For the millionth time.
Anna S.eliade on August 9th, 2003 12:33 pm (UTC)
I just finished it. Whoa. That was amazing and incredibly poignantly sharp and...and is it terrible and greedy of me that I want a sequel?

Hepcatnwhepcat on August 9th, 2003 01:21 pm (UTC)
Vortext is a fine word, and should be saved for one of those Washington Post challenges.

A favorite word my brother inadvertently came up with: bellignorant. Which describes sooooo many people.
Estepheia: Out for a walk. Bitch.estepheia on August 9th, 2003 02:14 pm (UTC)
I read PM slash. Oh boy.
I tend to be conservative and read only BtVS and AtS fanfic, occasionally branching out into SV or Firefly. If I were to branch out I'd never have time for anything else. And Mr. Estepheia would be cross. ;-)

As for amnesia fics. I always loved movies and books that dealt with amnesia in some way (e.g. Jack Vance's Marune: Alastor; Memento, Zelazny's Amber books), Ludlum's Bourne Identity (the Chamberlain movie), a Micky Spillane book (forgot the title)...) I always enjoy that scenario.
There was this great story, Throwing Shapes, in shich Xander and Spike suffered from amnesia... I wonder who wrote that. LOL.

There is a S/X series around in which Xander has amnesia after he's been together with Spike for a few years, someone on my friends list wrote it about a month ago, but right now I can't remember who *ducks* ... I think, no, I know it's green_luv, but she hasn't finished it.

I'd write you a S/X slave/amnesia fic, but I really really should do all my other assignments, and then Circe had a good bunny too, for a fic in which Spike and Xander go off to kill doc after 'Gift'.... *Sigh*
*Estepheia waves and slinks back to her Ethan/Lindsey fic*
Misty: giles is my inner librarianbehindblue_eyes on August 9th, 2003 04:01 pm (UTC)
um... Was it wrong of me to get excited when I read your subject line?

"We haven't had any irony here since about, uh, '83, when I was the only practitioner of it. And I stopped because I was getting tired of being stared at."
The artist soon to be known as happydorkforeverdirt on August 10th, 2003 05:12 am (UTC)
Do you like vortext?

Yes. Yes I do.

(And I think I have you to blame for the fact that I've started misreading "Sha're" as "Spike" in SG fics. Thank you.)