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Right now it looks like my grandmother is going into hospice. It's been a long, slow, painful decline and I'm resigned that it is time and since she won't get well, I wish her peace, and soon. Once it happens, I'm either going to write like hell to cope or read like hell to cope, not sure which way it will go, but I tend to do one or the other. So I'm either going to start writing a lot more or a lot less.

While I've not been posting a lot I've been making progress on some stuff. Lately I expanded my business thanks to the wonders of telehealth and between that and other stuff have been busy. Anyway, some things to come and updates on WIPs.

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Last year was a prolific year, this one not is not shaping up so much, which tends to go in cycles for me. Also, because the online counseling has me doing so much online, in my down time I'm more likely to curl up with a book right now so I can ignore the messages better. Anyway, where various projects stand.

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After years of having nothing of interest on my profile on FFN and AO3, I finally did up a break down of the different genres and a top 10 ranking of my fanfics based on the number of favorites and kudos they have gotten. What fascinates me is how one work can be very popular on FFN and not so much on AO3 and vice versa, which makes me wonder how good of a metric it is, but it's the most objective one that I have.

Then I ran into problems because it was too long for AO3 (sighs) so I'll have to think of something there. At anyrate, here's my updated FFN profile if you're curious.

In other news, I'm obviously in my end of summer slowdown. I don't know why, but January through around June I tend to be very prolific and then I slowdown, and that's not looking to change soon. Throw in that I've been having a horrible year and lately I've been escaping more by reading than writing, yeah. So aside from finishing the Slayers Resolution rewrite, I don't have much coming up for awhile. I have some ideas, even a good portion of some things written, but I don't think I'll get back to them before January. I may surprise myself, though. Who knows.
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Overall don't expect much for June. OINTB comes out in a few weeks, and with all of the rain we've been having I've not been able to get out for my walks, which is when I think through my ideas. Also, my business is picking up so I'm busier making a living, and I'm adding homeschooling and lesson planning to my day, so my free time is starting to dry up.

The Choice: Those who were enjoying this one will be glad to know I have the next chapter outlined, hopefully I'll get out something soon.

Slayers Resolution: I've got most of chapter 14 written, but not polished. I'm also going to get the next three written before I start churning this out again so I can keep it on a weekly schedule. So I'm thinking July I'll get back with this.

Mother of the Groom: Something light and funny after all the angst with Ghost of the Protector. A wrench is thrown in Lina and Gourry's wedding plans when Gourry's mother arrives in Zefiel City after she runs away from the Elmekian Empire one week before the wedding.
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Slayers Resolution: In all, I'm proud of myself for keeping a roughly weekly schedule with this. I never said anything in case I wasn't able to keep up. It was easier at first because the edits weren't as extensive, but once the butterfly effect kicked in it got a bit more time consuming. Right now I'll be good through keeping the schedule through chapter 13, then I may need to take a break. Basing off the series format, the humor episodes are coming up, and I didn't write those in the original. My darling little sister was supposed to because she's the funny one, but she flaked on me. Anyway, one strange thing I was only starting to realize when I originally wrote this is that people do find me funny, and I want to challenge myself as a writer, so I'm going to give it a go and hope they don't suck. Anyway, for now it's good for me to keep the schedule through chapter 13.

The Choice: Ehhhhh...taking a break from this one. Not sure which direction I want to take it. May get back to it in a week, may be a few months.

Spirit of the Protector (title may change): Death could not separate them. Prepare tissues. Was listening to Blackmore’s Knight’s “Spirit of the Sea” yesterday and the idea took root, so blame them.
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This was one of those years where I wrote a lot. Notes, and a bit of what is to come in 2016.

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Apr. 13th, 2012 08:02 pm
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It's been a hell of a week. I hate driving, but I've been driving from one podunk town to another for orientation and training for the new job. They're spread out over a wide geographical radius. Thankfully where I'll be working is close to the house.

I swear, this week I've driven through every podunk town in N. Texas. And I've seen more Confederate flags than I've ever cared to. I think I'm going to vomit if I see another one. What a way to wear racism on your sleeve. Yikes, I need to get out of the south!

Strangely, despite the pile of paper work I'm buried under and the travel stress, I'm actually getting the writing bug again. Hopefully it'll stay around awhile longer. I finished a Slayers fic last night that I've been struggling with for over a year. I'm sitting on it until I can do some proofing on it. Hopefully I can get it up in the next two weeks.

I'm also making serious plans for a Buffy fic, though I'm going to have to do some research. I've got a detailed outlined and character sketches going through. Basically I started to wonder what would happen if a woman who was born into slavery was called to be the Slayer. I'm basing her off Harriett Tubman, and it would be set sometime in the late 1850s in the US. I'm a bit wary of writing it because of all of the potential racism potholes I could fall into, but the idea has really grabbed me.

Especially, because growing up in the South, they try to teach about how the people who were enslaved were happy and well treated and never rebelled. They rebelled. Harriet Tubman's family had a history of it. And they were not alone. I was recently reading how in Brazil so many people escaped slavery that they formed complex fugitive towns. I want to show how people who were enslaved were fighting the cruel system.

The other thing is it would obviously not have Buffy, but it would have the Watcher's Council. And if you thought Quentin Travers was bad, wait till you meet his Great Great Grandfather.

Anyway, if anyone has any historical insights into that time or sources to point me to, I'd greatly appreciate it.

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