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08 January 2005 @ 06:46 pm
I'm rereading the last noir story as prep for writing one of the contribution stories and...jeez. With perspective of time, I have to say I don't care how many readers were flummoxed by it. Reading it again, I remember all the fun I had writing it. It still makes me giggle. Of my own stories, it's one of my favorites. All the identity switching--it's the kind of stuff I'd have loved to see in canon, sort of a variation on "Tabula Rasa."
Angel knelt next to Anya. Her face was turned halfway into her pillow, mashed and obscured by curls. Wheezing sighs and mutters filtered out from behind the veil. One arm was thrust under the pillow, hand curled up behind it like a dead spider; the other hand, the one he wanted, rested on the floor. He lifted it and held it with care, then slid the ring off.

"Bees!" she gasped, tearing her hand away and swatting at the hair in her face. "Bees, bees, bees!"

Meanwhile I'm about seventeen minutes in to the third Harry Potter movie (interrupted for this) and marvel again at how beautiful it is. Such a subtle and satisfying use of special effects that often annoy me. They even make the dementors beautiful in their way. Such a fantastic view of the train ride in the sleeting rain as it curls around the mountain. HP is one of those fandoms where I forget a lot of plot until I revisit it, so I look forward to remembering all the backstory of Sirius so that I can bring that to reading more S/R fan-fiction. And The Thewlis, it is true, is to sigh and die for.

ETA: I continue to amuse myself:
"When I was little I thought cat burglars stole cats," Xander said as they climbed into Lady Elked's townhouse through a second-story window. "My Uncle Rory stole cats. I'd hold the bag. He told me the Army needed them to carry canteens of water to the wounded. Later I found out he was studying taxidermy. And that we weren't actually at war."

take to the sky: up up upjezebelz on January 9th, 2005 03:02 am (UTC)
Your last Noir story kicked ass. I was thrown the first time I read it, but I trusted you to make it make sense, and you did.

And mmm...David Thewlis.
Anna S.eliade on January 9th, 2005 03:14 am (UTC)
Thank you! I appreciate hearing that. :>D]

Thewlis's nose should be designated a cultural landmark.
braver_swallow on January 9th, 2005 07:22 am (UTC)
> Your last Noir story kicked ass. I was thrown the first time I read it, but I trusted you to make it make sense, and you did.

kymess_jrkymess_jr on January 9th, 2005 03:12 am (UTC)
The last noir didn't flummox me so much as amaze me. The way you were able to switch everyone around and not confuse me- you managed to make every character recognizable even though they were in a different body- and you still progressed everything, character and plot wise... ugh, I can't even put in words how much that installment amazed me.

I can still remember shaking my head after reading it and realizing that what I had just read was pure talent, which thrilled me to no end.

Anna S.eliade on January 9th, 2005 03:14 am (UTC)

::leaps on you and licks you profusely in thanks, like a spaniel::

(Always assuming you don't mind that. *g*)
kymess_jrkymess_jr on January 9th, 2005 03:21 am (UTC)
::leaps on you and licks you profusely in thanks, like a spaniel::

(Always assuming you don't mind that. *g*)

I don't mind at all. ;)
laurashapiro on January 9th, 2005 03:15 am (UTC)
Flummoxed? Really?
Anna S.eliade on January 9th, 2005 03:18 am (UTC)
Some did say. *g*

*kisses you, and the mellow you of your icon*
laurashapiro on January 9th, 2005 03:23 am (UTC)
::beams, mellowly::
Ponyponygirl2000 on January 9th, 2005 03:56 am (UTC)
semi-tipsy delurk
The last noir kicked ass up and down the street and then went a couple blocks over to kick some more ass.

'Nuff said?
Anna S.: luminous_dancerseliade on January 10th, 2005 05:29 am (UTC)
Re: semi-tipsy delurk
I entertain an inner happy squee over your comment. And then, you know, share it via this comment, which is more decorous than doing a Snoopy dance. :>D
Darcydarcydodo on January 9th, 2005 06:29 am (UTC)
"When I was little I thought cat burglars stole cats," Xander said

:) And when I was little I had this vague image of cat burglars necessarily wearing catsuits.
Anna S.eliade on January 10th, 2005 05:30 am (UTC)
The cat burglars you see in those 60s movies tend to wear something similar. Though without the cat ears, which is disappointing.
Barb: mumrahirah on January 9th, 2005 06:31 am (UTC)
Were lots of readers really flummoxed? That was one of my favorite chapters as well, both for the story and the fun of figuring out what was going on.
Anna S.: angeleliade on January 10th, 2005 05:28 am (UTC)
I may have extrapolated from a few comments, worrying about its impact. And though I don't usually pay much attention to feedback volume, I think I got a bit less than usual, when--given my gleeful excitement level when posting it--I guess I'd hoped for more. (Wrong and prideful of me perhaps, but there you go. ;>)
db: base_icons_with_love-xander1 by saifaidb2305 on January 9th, 2005 10:46 am (UTC)
The last chapter is my total favorite! It played up all their fucked relationships so well....
I'm sad to read in lordshiva's comment that you are not going to finish it, but hey, your prerogative.
Anna S.eliade on January 10th, 2005 05:27 am (UTC)
Well, it's still up in the air. Writing this is sucking me back in a bit, so who knows. :>)
Shapinglightshapinglight on January 9th, 2005 11:57 am (UTC)
I loved that last Noir story. Sad that it might be the last, though.
Anna S.eliade on January 10th, 2005 05:26 am (UTC)
I'm trying to leave things indeterminate for as long as possible. Like Schrodinger's cat.
Shapinglightshapinglight on January 10th, 2005 08:49 am (UTC)
Do you mean as to whether you decide to finish it or not?

I'm glad if you've taken no final decision, but on the other hand, if you decide against continuing, I support any decision you make.
Trepkostrepkos on January 9th, 2005 12:52 pm (UTC)
She said Noir was in hiatus!
She did!
Leave me with some hope?
Anna S.: buffy_mooneliade on January 10th, 2005 05:25 am (UTC)
It is, more or less. Depending on the day. :)
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Anna S.: kandinskyeliade on January 10th, 2005 05:30 am (UTC)
Thank you, sweetie! *kiss*
Sylvikefishsanwitt on January 14th, 2005 08:25 pm (UTC)
Hi Anna,

One of your many lurkers here :)

I wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading 'Up, Down and Strange'. I was kind of thrown by the beginning and I actually had to step back and reread the story *before* that - to kind of lead up to it.

I finished it and I wanted to say how *brilliant* I thought it was. I was completely blown away by it.

Thank you for the cheat sheet. I admit I used it, but what awed and surprised me what that so much of the dialogue was double-sided (and I hope I don't sound really stupid here). I knew A was saying the line and it related to them, but I'd be thinking that they were really B and it also related to *them*.

That is *beyond* amazing.

You're an *amazing* writer - sorry for all the repetition and asterisks!

I'm really speechless :)