So these past couple of months, life has been decidedly ambivalent in its treatment of me. There's been much epic fail, but a series of amazing things have also taken place. I feel as if these should be celebrated, and I really want to thank the individuals who brought them about. So excuse the length of this, and, uh, here we go.1.
The incredible, amazingly talented cellophane_ria
created art for Three Tasks
. It is the cutest thing you have ever seen, and she's made me re-picture the lilac robes in my head. I can't say how amazing it is to see something new and beautiful and creative come out of something I wrote, flaws of that writing aside. I love this so
much; I look at it every day. Drawing here
Please leave her feedback, if you have a moment, because she is brilliant.
2. The lovely, wonderfully-cadenced pennyplainknits
recorded Three Tasks
into a podfic. Podfic and audiobook are available here
. Please leave her feedback
, too, and tell her how great her reading voice is. This took hours to record, I'm sure, and is wonderful
; I don't know how pennyplainknits
managed it, but she got the pacing right for even some of my most nightmarish, awful, sentences (there are many, as the lovely and sharp-eyed sistermu
can attest) and made them sound amazing. I am incredibly grateful, and flattered.
3. In further amazing (and unbelievable) news, Three Tasks
and Easy There
won things at the Spring Camelot Awards
. I know I'm so behind on the boat on this it's ridiculous, but I just wanted to take the time to thank the generous smokey2307
for taking the time to organise it, to sort through votes and put the awards up. I am literally disbelieving of having won anything, and I just want to say thank you not only to smokey2307
but to whoever voted in the awards, the winners of which I abuse as part of my Favourite Fiction Rotation on LiveJournal.
4. The talented, creative solanyxe
made this video
, which I love with a pretty death-defying passion. It's difficult to explain why this means so much to me, but suffice it to say it came at a pretty difficult time, with a wonderful message from her, and that it cheered me up despite being in extremely weariness-inducing and drab surroundings at the time. It is also powerful, and so skilfully put together--it's a little breathtaking, for me.( I've embedded it here )
Please leave her feedback
5. Today, I got a package from puckling
. It contained space opera
. It had COOKIES. There was post-ironic stationery. It was, in short, amazing, and I'm blown away, because people in this fandom are so effing generous, and I'm so glad I've met so many of them. Thank you, puckling
, for being as wonderful as they come. I AM UNSPEAKABLY HAPPY ABOUT THIS PACKAGE'S ARRIVAL.( In fact, this is how this package made me feel )
6. And finally. These past couple of months, I've had some wonderful messages, and e-mails, and LJ comments. I can't thank eltea
enough for checking on me when I was practically in a ditch by the side of the road, and I also can't say how grateful I am for the patience of all the individuals who have left me feedback, and who have been so wonderful about waiting for the last chapter of Easy There
, along with a bunch of other fiction I'm been trying to finish, as well.
Some of the comments regarding Easy There
, and particularly those generously left at the Anonymous Feedback Meme
(thank you thank you thank you
for the constructive criticism), have expressed some confusion about what the hell I'm doing with my life, and why I've failed so utterly about being clear about what's happening with my writing. I think this is fair, and so in this spirit I have unlocked the Endnotes to Easy There
, the first section of which I've expanded a bit, in the hope that it will explain what's been going on: Easy There Endnotes
7. Because seven is a good number, and uh, people I've met through this LJ are generally amazing. So yes. Thank you.
7b. Oh! Oh! lanning
, thank you for being awesome. I am now on Dreamwidth (yes, I too bought the Michael Jackson glove in 1999); I am syllic
7c. Not an amazing thing, but roundmerlin
will be back up and running in time for the summer slump, I promise. One more week of exams, and then it's all going to be smooth like a rhapsody. Or, uh, as smooth as it ever is, anyway.