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Please stay safe!

Everyone be good to one another and I don't mean in a "pretend to be nice to each other's face while you're screaming inside" kind of way.  (IF someone is screaming in your face, however, do what you need to do to take care of yourself.)

I plan on attending the Sister march in Rhode Island as I can't go to D.C. (my fault for waiting too long to make up my mind. But Providence is cool.)

I haven't been able to write partly because of my part time seasonal job and partly because - I haven't known where to begin (rage, grief, etc.) And not just because of Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds and George Michael. (At some point I'll talk about that stuff too.)

With all the news about Russia lately and it's ownership of LJ and it's ties to the incoming adminstration that I've blithely ignored until recently,* I've copied my LJ posts over to my Dreamwidth account. But I haven't mastered formatting over there (mostly, how to do cut tags properly. So I've got these long threads over there and it's still a mess.)

Crossposted to LiveJournal:
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How do I create box of link on my LJ and DW pages (linking back to one another or any other site)?  I've looked in settings on both and no dice.  (Or is there a tutorial-type website that covers a lot of these questions?)

At some point I will get back to those meta on Anne and dopplegangers in the 'verse.  I swear I will.
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Can anyone tell me how to post images to my DW posts?  Or, add images to DW posts when I begin with LJ?  When I posted on LJ about winning at the SunnyD fanfic awards on Monday, the text transferred to DW but the image/award didn't.  (There is this icon for "image" on the rich text version and it wants a url.  Most of the images I post don't have url's, and I don't see an option for simply downloading from my harddrive.)

I guess the overarching lesson here is - originate posts at DW first?  ( "But Mommy, I like LJ.  I'm used to it and it's pretty!"  I never claimed to be logical.)

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1) I started a DW account - basically because I wanted to read snowpuppies' fics, and now I'm wondering - me, two journals, and ADD-ish-ness.  A potentially bad idea? (Especially given that I still have almost 200 replies from other people on my LJ that I still haven't responded to.)  Is there any point in reposting the metas I've done here, as a lot of your with DW journals do?  I guess I'll have to see what I can handle, brain-wise. 

2) Speaking of snowpuppies', her short fics  "Fractured" and "Innocence (The Remix)" are two of my favorite stories in this fandom.  Pretty much everything she writes is awesome. "Lilies" was one of the two inspirations for my own fic "Untitled (post-The Gift)", but those are my two favorites of her stories. Both AU stories spinning off from different points in the series - but totally plausible in context, thanks to VIVID and well-observed characterization. So much angst I can cut it with a knife, and disturbing imagery.  And neither one is kind to Angel.  (Which is probably not a problem with most of my flist.  Just sayin'.)

"Fractured", AU from "Bargaining" reads almost like a horror movie at first  (what if Buffy came back really wrong?) which is fitting, since the concept of Buffy was originally about playing with horror movie tropes. "Innocence" is exactly what it sounds like, a revisioning of the episode of the same name. It includes graphic sex and dubious consent - which I normally don't care for in fanfics -  but this is not porn. It's disturbing and uncomfortable and traumatic for the characters and it's SUPPOSED to be.  This isn't about the reader getting off on a character being humiliated, which is something that makes me extremely uncomfortable. There's no comfort to this hurt. Both function, in my head at least, as meta commentary on both the show and on fanfic tropes: Buffy as victim, the tendancy of the men in Buffy's life to try to control her because they "know what's best for her", the destructiveness of Buffy/Angel, as well as Buffy/Angelus.

And, "Fractured" is compassionate towards Angel without letting him off the hook for his flaws, his myopia; and I actually felt sorry for him - and for everyone who becomes a victim of his well-meaning intentions in this story. Quite the feat.

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