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I had noticed that my bank account was always a little lower than I thought it should be. And that I had been randomly signed up for a bunch of stupid book clubs. But it wasn't until last night that I went digging through my transaction list, and realized that -- in addition to various small purchases online -- someone had signed up for an account at with my debit card. In April. And that I've been getting changed $60 a month ever since.



I look forward to filing this particular police report.
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A broken lightbulb (I'm not kidding) meant our ATA flight took off from Maui at 7PM instead of 3PM. Which meant we missed our connection. Such that instead of landing at JFK right now, we're sitting in LAX for another three hours.

To add insult to injury, our newly issued tickets? Marked with the "SSSS" that gets you pulled aside for the deluxe security screening.

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I am aware that, among my group of RL friends especially, I'm known as the crazy slasher who just CANNOT GET ENOUGH OF THAT BOY/BOY ACTION, OH LORDY!

So while I've avoided talking about the Potter books here for a while -- mostly due to my soul-crushing disappointment in them, which I'm really tired of explaining to every random stranger who corners me at a party -- I felt like it would be wise to express my feelings regarding yesterday's revelation that Dumbledore was gay, as people keep asking me about it anyway.

Here's the thing. If it wasn't in the books? And I mean, ACTUALLY in the books, on at least a clearly intentional sub-textual level, if not explicitly discussed? It doesn't count. Just like all the other random nonsense she's been saying in these post-canon interviews doesn't count. Authorial intent is interesting. The books themselves are all that actually matters.

She doesn't get brownie points for being so BRAVE! And for daring to go against the heteronormative grain of society! (OH MY GOD!) Because she didn't actually do that at all. Holly Black, author of Tithe? SHE did that. As did countless other modern YA authors. JKR doesn't get to be special just because she mentioned something offhand in an interview. Especially as, being the most popular author on the entire planet, she was better positioned to actually make some kind of difference than anyone else.

And don't tell me that it's not her responsibility to teach moral lessons to the world, because the way she conducted herself as an author CLEARLY demonstrates that she DOES want her books to provide some sort of guidance to her readers. Just not, as it turns out, the kind of guidance some of us were expecting.

And now I really need to stop talking about this. Because if I keep talking about this, I'll start to dwell on the sad fate of generations of children sorted into Slytherin, and the utter failure of magical society to take care of them! AND NO ONE WANTS THAT!
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Ways that I'd hoped to spend my Saturday:

-- Running errands
-- Cleaning
-- Paying bills
-- Working on Chronin
-- Any number of other things

How I actually spent my Saturday:

-- Curled up on the bed with food poisoning.


ETA: As of around 8PM last night I was pretty much fine. I mean...not GREAT, but ready to return to world. So no worries! ALL GOOD. <3
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...It's 4AM, and I'm still cutting out circles for buttons. Not MAKING buttons, mind you....just CUTTING OUT THE LITTLE PAPER CIRCLES. It's astonishing how long this process takes. Once I get into the groove of things, I can make buttons extremely quickly and burn through a few hundred in one sitting....but cutting out circles? OH MAN. OH THE AGONY AND PAIN OF CUTTING OUT CIRCLES. I have a circle cutter that makes it a little easier, but it's still my least favorite part of getting ready for a con.

In between cutting circles and obsessively reloading my email (which is what I do when I'm up super-late...HILARIOUS, as I pretty much NEVER get email after midnight anyway) I've been pulling various con paraphernalia out of storage and stacking it on the couch. However, I'm convinced that I'm forgetting something of Vital Importance, which I will remember only after I've gotten on the subway tomorrow morning with my giant suitcase, at which point I will be at least a half-hour late for work and thus unable to go back and get said forgotten item.

And hey...while I'm here....I have one thing to day about tonight's American Idol results.... )
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So I FINALLY finished pencilling all 14 goddamn pages for my Chronin pitch. And then I FINALLY finished scanning them all in, and was in the process of putting the partial scans together over a template in Photoshop....

...when I realized that, after page 6, I started drawing everything at a drastically different aspect ratio.



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I think that the fangirly fervor that normally accompanies the release of a new Potter book is finally taking over. First it was my search for beta readers, then it was fanart, and now? A smallish rant on the topic of fanfiction.

I was pointed toward an essay on the topic written by author Robin Hobb, and was (naturally) filled with rage. I ended up writing a response via her message board, but as I suspect that you all are more interested in what I have to say than she is, I'll repost it here as well.


After reading your "rant" regarding fanfiction on your personal site, I admit that I'm left with a few questions. I suspect you're busy with other things, so I'll be brief.

Though your piece is lengthy and goes into various specifics, your summarized it quite effectively with one of your closing remarks: "Fan fiction is unworthy of you." And it left me wondering what your opinion might be on work of a similar nature but different context. For instance, how do you feel about licensed books and novels for existing series? Or about writers who join the staff of an existing project, usually television, and spend all of their professional time writing about someone else's world and characters? What about authors such as Jo Rowling, Susanna Clarke and Holly Black, who borrow heavily from existing folklore and mythology but then weave those elements into tangentially related stories?

In my mind, all of these things are very like fanfiction in spirit, if not in the specifics of practice. For the most part, particularly in the case of licensed books and writing for television, the difference lies mostly in the finances, editorial process and official stamp of approval. Is it that stamp that means the difference between worthy and unworthy projects? Is it the finances? Or do you, in fact, have as little regard for the practices listed above as you do for amateur fanfiction?

I would, quite sincerely, like to know how you stand on this.


Given that I'm about to start my second licensed book for Scholastic, and that I write for a children's cartoon show, and that I've been messing around with fanfiction and fanart since early high school...well, this all strikes very close to home. ;}

ETA: Robin responded, and I thought I'd re-post it here as some of you had expressed an interest )


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