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...so this [livejournal.com profile] australia_aid story, which has been a labour of love (hatred? Feelings of guilt so deep-seated they make you feel a little sick? Crazed giddiness? Some very strong emotion, anyway) for nine months, whose plot turns around the dragon.

I had hoped so fervently to be done with it before this moment (have I mentioned that I'm nine months in? Me and [livejournal.com profile] ras_elased, we're trying to beat each other to the record, here), but alas, I am not.

Now I (am left to) figure: hey, a little AU never hurt anyone.

But if by some strange mind-meld the writers manage to actually screw me to the level of having to wholly overhaul this story for... oh, the third time? I am writing a letter of complaint. On principle. Mad, mad principle.

Dear BBC,

I have noticed that the latest episode of
Merlin appears to have some irregularities when viewed alongside my EPIC TRANSFORMATIVE WORK, In Possession of a Fortune.

I would be grateful if you could correct these at your earliest possible convenience.....

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Date: 2009-12-19 06:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arlad.livejournal.com
Hahahahahaha, man, the writers just never seem to realize what they do to us when they script epic crazy changes. For that matter, neither do real actors *cough cough*

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Date: 2010-01-15 09:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] syllic.livejournal.com
NOT THAT WE CARE ABOUT THAT KIND OF THING. Because we are SANE. And invested only in OUR OWN LIVES.

Right?

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Date: 2009-12-19 06:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pennyplainknits.livejournal.com
Piffle! Au all the way I say!

Did your card arrive yet?

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Date: 2010-01-15 09:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] syllic.livejournal.com
AU indeed, Penny. Well, I figure once something hits 50,000 words, you're pretty much free to do with it as you wish--no?

I have not yet received your card (but I have not been back, still), and you have not yet received my bizarro crockery offerings. But we will sort this out, I say. Let me take this opportunity to say: HAVE A WONDERFUL 2010, and let's begin making hare-brained plans for May, mmh?

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Date: 2010-01-15 09:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pennyplainknits.livejournal.com
Should it never arrive, I will still treasure that you sent me something :) (while mentally shaking my fist at royal mail)

YES! Let us plan! I am so excited, I can't tell you. The spare room is being kept cat-free, ready for your arrival! And I have the friday off work so I can come pick you up at the station :)

(I should probably find out who is going to be at the con, shouldn't I?)

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Date: 2010-01-15 09:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] syllic.livejournal.com
HAHAHA! I just realised the other day that I hadn't even glanced at the Con page since November. Yeah, we should do that. But first let's practice our fainting excuses until we have them down pat, and build up the squee enough that nothing will deflate us.

Er. That sounds like we're going into battle, or something. Maybe we are? I'm still so afraid, Penny--my awkward does not mix well when not in the company of other awkwards.

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Date: 2010-01-15 10:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pennyplainknits.livejournal.com
I'm thinking we go with narcalepsy, interspersed with tiredness from handrearing and rescuing tiny fluffy animals. *nods*

I am awkward to, so really, we can be awkward together! We shall prevail!

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Date: 2009-12-19 07:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sequinedfairy.livejournal.com
i am sure you could get a petition going around.

like, honestly, if the merlin fandom was forced to choose between the last episode of merlin and your EPIC WORK OF GENIUS, i am CERTAIN they would choose you.

try it, for real!

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Date: 2010-01-15 09:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] syllic.livejournal.com
HAHAHAHA! Oh, [livejournal.com profile] sequinedfairy, this made me laugh so hard when I saw it, and it's making me laugh again as I finally get around to replying to it a month in. GO ME! (Watch me fulfil my comment-reply resolution for the year, though.)

I just wanted to say that I think it's wonderful you're donating at [livejournal.com profile] help_haiti, and to wish you the best for 2010. I hope we can do lots more reading and betaing and writing and laughing together!

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Date: 2009-12-19 07:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cellophane_ria.livejournal.com
Pffft. "A little AU never hurt anyone" seems to be this show's motto, why should you care?

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Date: 2009-12-19 09:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] worldwouldend.livejournal.com
Hah. It's totally the show's second tagline.

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Date: 2009-12-19 09:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cellophane_ria.livejournal.com
And they're so naïvely enthusiastic about it! Really, quite endearing.

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Date: 2010-01-15 09:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] syllic.livejournal.com
You know, at the time that you originally left these comments, they made me feel quite justified as I drank a beer. This show HAS been all about the AU, what with the crazy bouncing around the characters do, so I'm going to embrace that. I was saying to [livejournal.com profile] pennyplainknits above that once a piece of fiction hits 50,000 words I think you're pretty much entitled to wear a trifle on your head and call it Sue if you so wish, so THERE.

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Date: 2010-01-15 10:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cellophane_ria.livejournal.com
Good to think that we made your beer feel more justified.
After 50,000 words you're also entitled to sign your letters Marcel, and demand the show complies to your point of view. Also, I firmly believe that most of season 2 didn't happen. YOURS WILL BE THE REAL STORY.

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Date: 2009-12-19 07:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] therealw.livejournal.com
Sue them. Seriously. For... emotional damage. I might, if I ever bring myself to watch it (not looking likely, so far).

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Date: 2010-01-15 09:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] syllic.livejournal.com
Oh, my love, I didn't watch a good chunk of the end of the season. I think I just got so confused--honestly confused--at the jumping around the characters were doing, and (as you know) I got fed up with the clumsy WATCH THIS PRECURSOR SCENE NOW! moments, and I just--well. You know my feelings on this well.

Everything I've written lately is a fix-it (for my HEART), and this thing, which has been going since March of 2009, is not supposed to be a fix-it. I resent the show for making that so hard to resist.

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Date: 2009-12-19 09:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lilith-lessfair.livejournal.com
I'll sign it with you. I'll rewritten mine four times, and I'm about to give up and start over (and possibly hack it into pieces for holiday fics, I know not what else to do!).

I'm also in favor of a little (or a lot) AU.

Cheers.

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Date: 2010-01-15 09:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] syllic.livejournal.com
God, I know, L.

I think the problem with something that you've edited a lot is that you begin to see all the places where it could be fit together differently, or fit together with something else. I wrote a fic for [livejournal.com profile] camelotsolstice, two days, no stopping, and even though when I read it again I was horrified at the number of things that were wrong with it, there was also a lot that was right with it, because it had flowed as one piece. As you well know, I hacked IWOAW apart more than once, and oh my god, I've been writing this other story since March of last year. I don't even know that it makes sense any more. First it was about priest-holes (well, sorcerer-holes, anyway), and then it was about the dragon, and then it was about Morgana and Lancelot getting a chance to show who they were, and then it was about none of those. I think there's some sort of fiction rule that once you've spent enough time on it or hit enough words you just have to push it out and be done with it, everything be dammed.

AU here we come!

Damn the torpedoes (or canon); full speed ahead

Date: 2010-01-17 06:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lilith-lessfair.livejournal.com
Eh, I'm blaming my writing issues on inconsistency in canon. I refuse to admit that I'm a terrible procrastinator.

I'm fully confident that your story will be wonderful. Every version of IWOAW I read was marvelous. But I agree that I think we sometimes lose perspective after you've worked with something for such a long period of time.

Thanks for the good work you are doing for Haiti; we've sent money to Doctors Without Borders, the Red Cross and Oxfam. It's not an easy thing to see, brings back some very unpleasant memories for me, but they really need help and will need it for a long time to come.
From: [identity profile] syllic.livejournal.com
Apparently I 'dam' things like a Dutch person.

Eh, inconsistency in canon is a huge issue. I agree completely that our own procrastinating ways have nothing to do with it. I support you in this. Let's say this over and over.

Thank you, as ever, for our kindness and confidence. I think I just need to sit down and look at this again in peace after a few weeks of doing other things, and then I will declare it done.

It's wonderful that you've donated so much; how incredibly generous. I'm thinking of switching my offer to two stories to the highest bidders, but I'm debating whether that's really wise....
From: [identity profile] lilith-lessfair.livejournal.com
I don't feel particularly generous at the moment -- blessed in my own life and thus wanting to pay a little of that in return. Part of me wants to continue to give until we really can't, but I'm trying to wait a little bit longer and save more before I do another round because I'm afraid that the need will continue long after the story passes out of the headlines.

I saw your bidding thread. I can see why you'd want to do two stories -- you have some generous bidders -- but I think you might want to take care of yourself too? Since I suspect that you might write a much longer story than you've planned, had you thought about simply dedicating a longer piece to the two highest bidders (perhaps they'd simply like to match the last bid and both have a story? Is that a done thing?)?

Thank you, as ever, for our kindness and confidence. I think I just need to sit down and look at this again in peace after a few weeks of doing other things, and then I will declare it done.

I think that's an excellent plan!
Edited Date: 2010-01-17 08:31 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2009-12-19 10:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skyebanshee.livejournal.com
HAHAHA! I enjoy your letter of complaint!

Also. Hello!

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Date: 2010-01-15 09:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] syllic.livejournal.com
Hello! (Er, a month on). I think writing letters of complaint is a good coping strategy, Skye. Do you ever do that, or is it just me? "Dear London Transport System, on December 18th I..."

Er.

How are you doing? How were your holidays? Plans for January? The happiest of 2010s, I wish you! Like Yoda!

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Date: 2009-12-19 11:34 pm (UTC)
ext_3167: Happiness is a dragon in formaldehyde  (A Bradley in Arthur's Clothing)
From: [identity profile] puckling.livejournal.com
This is when you start ruthlessly kicking the offending canon out of the way. It's totes legit!

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Date: 2010-01-15 09:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] syllic.livejournal.com
Uh, yeah. I very much think it's legit at this point. Because [livejournal.com profile] puckling, my love, they seem to be kicking their own canon out of the way, half the time. I think we're entitled to reciprocal movement.

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Date: 2010-01-19 08:03 am (UTC)
ext_3167: Happiness is a dragon in formaldehyde  (Questioning the wisdom of the slashdrago)
From: [identity profile] puckling.livejournal.com
I am totally in favor of kicking canon out of the way, especially when canon is being stupid. I mean, Bala-whatisface? Dragonlords? :P Hunith/Slashdragon All The Way! \o/

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Date: 2009-12-20 02:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bathsweaver.livejournal.com
AAHHAHAHA <333

Also, OMG FIC SOON YAYE! :D

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Date: 2010-01-15 09:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] syllic.livejournal.com
Haha!

Hi! Sorry about the reply, you know, a month on from your leaving this comment, [livejournal.com profile] bathsweaver my lovely, and thank you for laughing with me as I laughingly despaired at the dragon's shenanigans. :)

I hope you enjoy this when it is finally done--it's going to be very long, if nothing else! I've managed to write three other stories, including things for Camelot Solstice, while I've been battling with this, and at this point it's a bit of a mess in my head, but hey! Good things have come of mess in the past, right? Bouillabaisse?

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Date: 2010-01-13 07:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] burntotears.livejournal.com
I love your work so much, I would absolutely sign that letter in support of you. :D

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Date: 2010-01-13 12:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] syllic.livejournal.com
I just read your amazing, wonderful, mind-blowingly generous review on AO3, and though I will take time to reply to it carefully, I just want to say, straight away: thank you.

I am incredibly glad you've enjoyed IWOAW and Easy There, and I can't tell you how happy I am to hear that they made you happy. This last year has been a tough one, and writing has felt like a real grounding point for me. The truth is that I've written things I eventually grew to like and things I've hated, but just writing them has been great: it delights me to know that you've had a good time reading some of what I wrote.

I love your icon and I just want to say thank you again for being so generous and kind, and taking the time to leave a comment.

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