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My gifts were wonderful!  I didn't guess the identity of a single one of the writers, though, so as Fic Detective I ended the NFE only so-so.  Never mind...on with the Reveal...
- the wintry female-centric adventure, The Mystery of Mount Pire, starring two Queens, a Tarkheena, a Wolf and a Raven, and filled with delicious cameos and cross-references, was by [personal profile] edenfalling /Elizabeth Culmer - thanks again, Liz!
- the world-first (I think) story starring a much-neglected minor character from VDT (and beautifully skewering some deplorably patronising attitudes of canon characters), Clipsie the Mariner, was by  [personal profile] transposable_element  (thank you, trans!)
and another story gorgeously subverting canon dismissal of a minor character, and bringing out the wisdom of the small and earthy, was The scent of apples, by  [personal profile] redsnake05  (thank you, Red!)

Three!  I am very, very lucky!  :)

As for my own contributions:  I wrote two stories,one in the main collection, and one in the Madness.
about my main collection story... )
about my Madness story )
about future plans )

The 39...

Sep. 2nd, 2015 03:43 pm
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...Steps?  (No.)   .... articles?  (No.)  Ronin (definitely not!)  No, I'm posting about ...

... the 39 wonderful and staggeringly varied stories that have been posted in this year's Narnia Fic Exchange, both the "real" NFE, and the Madness session stories.  I'm not halfway through reading them yet, but I can tell you that I've read some beauties!  :)  

and three of them were presents for me!  \o/  

Three unknown writers (you lovely people!) have given me:

The Mystery of Mount Pire:  Lucy, Susan and Aravis together! along with two original characters, Rhyme the She-Wolf and Catchlight the Raven, adventuring together.  This is a gorgeous series of snapshots, especially focussed on Aravis finding excitement and her own personal path in unfamiliar Archenland, when the team of five set out on an expedition through a cracklingly wintry landscape to a fabled mountain height where even Archenlanders dare not go!  :)

Clipsie the Mariner - about the little girl among the Monopods, the courageous daughter of the Chief, whose name is mentioned but whose story, I think, has never before been told!  Oh, I strongly urge you to read this - I guarantee there's a hitherto unknown, shrewdly perceptive, well worth hearing Monopod voice out there! (Take that, Coriakin!)

The scent of apples - "funny old Lilygloves", Peter called him, in Prince Caspian, but boy, does this beautifully sensual* story show a whole different side (oh, yes!) to the old, taciturn gardener, who knows the earth he moves in - and who knows when something isn't right.  Bbrrrrr...! 
*not the sense of sight, though, since Lilygloves is a Mole.  :)

Oh, I'm so chuffed to have been given these three wonderful stories, by three wonderful and generous Mystery Writers!  Thank you, Mystery People!!

And thank you [personal profile] snacky !  and [personal profile] aurilly !  :)  It's very satisfying to have been part of this terrific Exchange -- thanks for making it happen! 

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Sunday teatime, and I've posted my NFE.  It is rough as bags, and will need tinkering, and even then...  :(   but it's there.

(I re
ally enjoyed the chat with other participants; thank you, people.)
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It's been a busy weekend - opera, culinary triumph, further adventures with Victor Hugo...

The opera was on Saturday night - but was it really opera? )
But on to domestic arts! I'd decided (inspired by adaese :) ) to make a vegetarian kedgeree... )a vegetarian kedgeree... )a vegetarian kedgeree... )

Victor Hugo!
He does some great scenes!
and I have made progress on my NFE, of a sort - I've shifted the end-post closer, by simply cutting out some of the story. So I can feel that much closer to finishing. :)   Anxiety still gnaws, though.

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It was a very full-on week, followed by a surprisingly quiet weekend, which had the great benefit that I could at last find time to begin to think about the Narnia Fic Exchange.  And there was some little struggle involved,wrestling with the form, but finally I can say that
I've managed to sign up for the NFE 2015!

and am feeling tentatively hopeful about the prospect. The freeform tags alone looked like there was a lot of fun to be had.  :)
(If anyone's reading this and wondering if they'd like to play, I assure you it's a most exhilarating way to leap into the Narnia fanfic game!  Here's how!)

Does anyone remember, by the way, that in last year's NFE I wrote about Tirian remembering being taken as a child to "float in darkness where waters lapped and glow-stars spread across the cavern-roofs..." 
That was based on my remembering a visit ages ago to these caves in beautiful New Zealand - truly, almost magically beautiful.

This is the week designated to celebrate indigenous peoples and culture in Australia, called for historical reasons NAIDOC Week; this year's theme is "We all stand on sacred ground: learn, respect and celebrate".  (Yes!)
Of course there's an absolute plethora of things in Australian media I could be linking to, but this is something from the Guardian - about an Aboriginal activist I'd never even heard of, but whose story I won't be forgetting. 
(The business about the search for a photograph puzzled me - surely if you're arrested, there's going to be a photograph somewhere? and then I remembered the Blitz...)

This weekend also is Greece's referendum on its future, and today, fittingly, the psalm-of-the-day was 123, ending: "... we have had more than enough of contempt, too much of the scorn of the indolent rich, and of the derision of the proud."  Yes, for sure - feeling for you, Greece! 
Oh, and here's Joseph Stiglitz on that situation.

and... this weekend's not quite finished, so I still have time to tackle the Great Mango Glut.  For the first time in my life: fruit leather!  Wish me luck!  :)

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Oh, this is a joyous thought - that somewhere out there someone will be writing a story for me. :D Thank you! and thank you for coming here to look, to see further than the prompts into what sort of stories I like. Well...

Good old Lewis! He left the Narnian world beautifully unfinished, open to all sorts of conjecture and wonderings - and I love stories which take advantage of those openings to explore the unknowns (or unexplained anomalies) of Narnia, including Spare Oom and everywhere else - which can include the stories of "minor", barely-known characters (but no-one is a minor character in their own story), but could also be stories of events in the gaps in the known canon, or of unmapped lands, or worlds, or ideas - what things mean, how they work...

I prefer book-world to movie-world - illogically, since I'm happy with AU stories and canon-divergence, and the movies are just a kind of canon-divergence. Oh well, abandoning logic, and continuing...

I like world-building; I like stories of enchantment and wonder (including the wonders of our own world, of "ordinary" life). I like character-driven stories, plotty stories, socio-political-economic stories, stories for actual grown-ups (meaning with more complexities than just how to organise breathless sex), fairytales, stories that make me smile (or laugh!), stories of cultural exploration, stories of encounters with things rich and strange, outsider POV, conflict (including internal conflict) and -if it fits in the story - resolution, hope...

Crossovers are fine (but I'm woefully un-au fait with many fandoms); if you know and enjoy rthstewart's TSG-verse, I would very much like to hear more about Asim, or what Asim and Lucy encounter together.

I'm not keen on OCs brought in primarily for romance, generally speaking - nor especially on shipping as the sole point of the story. Oh, and not keen to have a story actually set in Aslan's Country.

More strongly, I'd rather not have incest or abusive sex, including dubcon. Or gratuitous abuse of any kind, come to that - nothing that dwells ghoulishly on cruelty for the sake of it.

But apart from that, go wild! Have fun writing whatever seems good to you to write, and I'll be waiting most eagerly to read! and thanks again for being in NFE, and for reading all this and for writing your story! :)
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Because it came up in a conversation, I thought I would read The Ragged-trousered Philanthropist -- and now I'm three chapters in, but I don't think I can keep going. (This is pretty unusual for me - I've read to the end of all sorts of rubbish, let alone to the end of books which are known, and referred to in conversations - books whose titles people know, even if they haven't read the book.)
Well, but....
I had vaguely thought it would be a sort of barefoot philosopher book, with a side-serve of one-man revolution, showing people ways forward to rebuild things nearer to the heart's desire - something with hope in it, but it's not. It's a furiously angry, unremittingly miserable, slice-of-working-class-life book. (and the hero/author-insert's going to die, I can tell -- which isn't a spoiler because in the very first chapter it says "his complexion was ominously clear, and an unnatural colour flushed the thin cheeks" and you don't need to have read many pre-penicillin books to know what that means.) I don't think I can take so much aint-it-awful being ladelled into me without pause for breath.
It's interesting as being slice-of-life, of course, in showing all sorts of incidental details of the life of house-renovators' work-gangs in the early twentieth century - I liked finding them using a pump-action blow-torch to get the old paint off, for example, and the discussion of what's the bare minimum of furniture to have in a lodger's room (bedstand and mattress, cupboard and wash-stand; chest of drawers desirable but not absolutely essential). Dunno. I might struggle on with it.

NFE... once again, I am totally flummoxed by the sign-up form, let alone writing a Dear Writer letter. I haven't signed up yet. I've got till the end of the week, I think. (Encouragement welcome.)

On the more cheerful side, I saw a most beautiful near-conjunction of Venus and Jupiter last Thursday night, with a crescent moon on the other side of the sky. Very lovely in itself, and also great that the sky was clear to see it - of smog, I mean, not of cloud. The sky is definitely clearer here than it was some years back. Surprise - regulation of industrial chimneys has effect! (Yes, I know London discovered this years ago. :) Who's next?)


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