syllic: ([spn] piepiepiepie)
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 [livejournal.com profile] 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 [livejournal.com profile] 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 [livejournal.com profile] 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 [livejournal.com profile] 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 [livejournal.com profile] 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 [livejournal.com profile] 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 [livejournal.com profile] 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, too!

5. Today, I got a package from [livejournal.com profile] 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, [livejournal.com profile] 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 )

Yes, all those dances.

6. And finally. These past couple of months, I've had some wonderful messages, and e-mails, and LJ comments. I can't thank [livejournal.com profile] 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! [livejournal.com profile] lanning and [livejournal.com profile] worldwouldend, thank you for being awesome. I am now on Dreamwidth (yes, I too bought the Michael Jackson glove in 1999); I am syllic there, too.

7c. Not an amazing thing, but [livejournal.com profile] 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.
syllic: ([merlin] red gwen)
Bidding closed now; click here for further details )

Other people still have bids underway: see [livejournal.com profile] australia_aid for more incentives.

Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] nicolasechs, [livejournal.com profile] simallyher, [livejournal.com profile] lyore, [livejournal.com profile] romanticidiot, [livejournal.com profile] thisgirl_is, [livejournal.com profile] blamebrampton and [livejournal.com profile] puckling for cheerleading; [livejournal.com profile] selfinduced, good luck with your own fundraising!

MANY THANKS to the amazing [livejournal.com profile] mamoru22, [livejournal.com profile] opusnone, [livejournal.com profile] sistermu, and [livejournal.com profile] _la_la_la for bidding.

[livejournal.com profile] _la_la_la offered the spectacularly generous amount of $100USD, and she shall be receiving fiction soon.

[livejournal.com profile] opusnone has made a generous donation, too, bidding aside.

Three cheers for people's amazing generosity.
syllic: (gleeful gaius)
Housemate by phone: You have post!
Me: Really? (I never have post at this house.)
Housemate: It's from the United States.
Me: (Yes, yes, yes.)

Later:

Housemates: What is it? What is it?
Me: No idea. (I know exactly what it is. I know exactly what it is, and I do not want to share my cookies)
Housemates: Open it! Open it!
Me: Uh... look! University Challenge's on television.
Housemates: (unimpressed look)
Me: Oh, for fuck's sake. You can have one each, alright?

So [livejournal.com profile] nicolasechs sent me cookies. And she is an amazing cook and they are lovely, chocolate chip and ginger (dark and sharp and satisfying) and cranberry (crumbling in your mouth and my favourite dried fruit ever), and aniseed drops so amazing and airy that they are like meringues and cookies at once.

[livejournal.com profile] nicolasechs, I have just had one of each, and now I'm hoarding them. Hoarding them, I say (not really, I suppose. The above exchange involved more generosity in my part... marginally).

This week is amazing people week. [livejournal.com profile] nicolasechs, and my anonymous benefactor, the identity of whom I now know, you are both faith in humanity-increasing.

You are AMAZING.

Thanks thanks thanks! I do not deserve this, but I am inappropriately thrilled nonetheless.

all icons--

May. 1st, 2008 04:10 pm
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--courtesy of the talented [livejournal.com profile] musesrealm

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