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A QUICK post to let everybody (hi, sis!) know that we will return to our regularly scheduled blog after I get back from… THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE.
If there isn’t a sign saying that, there should be! 😉
Death Valley is the most spiritual place on earth, and we are headed there! No cell phone reception! No TV’s! No constantly checking Facebook! Just land, and space, and desert, and craters, and Scotty’s Castle, and a lot of German tourists. (There’s something about this time of year…)
And DV is a very inspiring place to create art. 😉 So that’s all I’ll say!
Oo! SUCH a good day of writing DT 2.0. The reboot is working! 🙂
Cookie Quote of the Day:
Nick opened the door to the corridor just the tiniest crack and looked out. He saw no-one. Not that this proved anything. If he were caught, what excuse could he give?
He tiptoed across the corridor and opened the door as silently as he could. Looking both ways once again, he opened it a bit more and slipped inside. He nudged underneath the luggage rack with a foot.
“Gwen,” he said under his breath.
There was no response at all for an awful second, during which he sincerely hoped that she had not been enough of a fool to try to get out and find her cousins and friends. But then he saw her head appear from under the rack.
Hey, y’all! So there’s the first draft of the Perry Snotter and the Big Book of Naughty Bits for Boys graphic. (See, “Harry Potter” isn’t just a name, and it isn’t just a title– it’s a trademark. That means that when the parody book actually goes to print… well, it’ll just be digital at first, but you know what I mean… then I’ll have to change all the names a bit.) I really like this one! BTW, the hat started out as a royalty free Getty image, and then I had fun with the Puppet tool in Photoshop.
A Good Piece of Advice: if you’re creating a graphic for your novel/nonfiction book on how best to raise llamas/whatever, you MUST make sure that everything you use is royalty free. Either because it starts out that way (Getty stock photos is a great resource for that,) or because you yourself have either created it in a program like Photoshop or Illustrator or hand-drawn it the old school way and then scanned in as a graphics file. Stay out of trouble!
As I’ve posted about recently, there have been a series of incidents that have led to weird print publicity around the Portland area for fanfic, D/G, and fanfic authors moving into original work. I started to think about the issue of writers’ support forums. And THAT’S how I came up with this idea.
I want to create a forum for fanfic writers who are slaving away at producing publishable work. Advice! Sharing! All the information I’ve painstakingly learned! Lots and lots of stuff!
I promise– PROMISE PROMISE PROMISE, cross my heart and hope to die– that I will post the full story of the vindication of our writers’ group and the triumph of NC-17 fanfic over the forces of evil. Tomorrow. It’s really late.
Wow. Let’s see if I can explain what happened here.
I run a writers’ group in Portland. Last week, a woman came to a meeting who represented herself as a writer looking for feedback and critique. But she did not tell us the truth about her real motives. She joined our meetup group with a fake name and a fake background, and she pretended to be an unpublished author (that’s where the legal definitions of “dishonest” and “fraud” come in, you see.) She had been recruited as a reporter for the Willamette Weekly. An article came out this week that presented us as freaks and our work as… well, it’s all in the article (and yes, fanfic was involved. This isn’t the first nasty article that paper has written about NC-17 fanfics, either.) I’m trying to get the word out so that other writers’ groups know what happened. For all we know, this is a new trend, and we’ll be seeing more of it.
However, there’s ONE good thing about it (I guess)… the FIRST sentence is:
I have read Harry Potter erotica. Sometimes, life is like that. One moment, you’re getting ready to read what you think will be a fun short story about a magic girl and boy, and in the next, Ginny and Draco are getting it on during a study session. Three days later, you’re sitting at a small table in a cafeteria surrounded by strangers and it’s your turn to say something about it to the person who wrote it.
(I’m the “person who wrote it”, you see.)
So, um… D/G smut is being promoted, anyway! (Again, I guess.)
I’ll post my letter to the editor tomorrow.