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Just a quick note to say that I'll be traveling between now and the 29th of December. I'll have email access until the 26th, but that'll be the extent of my internet-ing, thanks to relatives and Christmas and such.

So, my Secret Santa story will not be posted until after I return, and there's a good chance I won't be reading any of the exchange stories posted until then either. I'm very much looking forward to the fest, and it won't be out of ungratefulness if I don't respond right away to the story I receive in the exchange.

I hope everyone--whether or not you're celebrating a holiday this winter--is blessed with happiness as this year draws to a close.
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Andy the Vampire Slayer by [livejournal.com profile] la_fono (The Devil Wears Prada, Andy/Miranda, PG)
Words-and-pictures for grown-ups, rendered by an artist who knows how to have exactly the right amount of fun.

The Very Secret Diary of Character X by [livejournal.com profile] pantone462 (The Devil Wears Prada, Nigel Kipling, PG-13)
Clever and creative, this story presents one of the most realistic looks at Miranda I've seen in a fic.

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Father by [livejournal.com profile] lupinotuum (Battlestar Galactica, Laura Roslin, Hard R)
This story follows Laura Roslin from her childhood until the Cylon attack. Although [livejournal.com profile] lupinotuum's characterizations of Laura don't always line up with how I see her, I believed this story intensely as I read. There's an unrelentless quality to the storytelling here, and the ingredients of Laura's power are beautifully rendered.

Agendas

Nov. 30th, 2009 02:14 am
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Title: Agendas
Fandom: The Devil Wears Prada (film)
Pairing: Andy/Miranda
Rating: Hard R
Disclaimer: I own nothing related to The Devil Wears Prada.
Summary: Kissing and caffeine and gossip.
Author's Note: A few weeks ago, I asked my friends list for some writing prompts. I'm planning to use as many of the prompts as possible in various ways, but this story is a response to [livejournal.com profile] baggers' request for "New York fashion week. The McCafe stand at the tents. (Seriously, this is a reality.)" So, here's a little less than 2,000 words on that sort of thing.

Maybe it was Paris, the first morning... )
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Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] somniesperus! Hope it's a great one.
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I am stressed. (Good stress is still stress.) I need to write. I use writing as a distraction and a focus tool and an escape and as a means of centering myself.

So. Prompts? I don't have a time frame, but I promise to write at least a short little something (~250-500 words) for the first five people who respond with prompts. No one is under obligation to post a similar promise to write in their journals (the more the merrier, though!) so there's really no reason not to prompt me.

Prompts can be fandom-specific or not. Pairings and settings and concepts are welcome but not required. Y'all know what I like.

Fed

Oct. 12th, 2009 03:23 am
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Title: Fed
Fandom: The Devil Wears Prada (film)
Pairing: Miranda/Andy
Rating: M
Disclaimer: I own nothing related to The Devil Wears Prada.
Summary: This is a story told backwards.
Author’s Note: Many, many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] pin_drop for being an incredibly thoughtful editor. I am beyond grateful for her amazing insights and attention to detail. This piece was a long time in the making—back in June I told Telanu I was starting to write a “really happy, really feminist” story, and mentioned that I was finding it surprisingly difficult. Her response: “Miranda + Happy = Difficult. Not surprising at all!” Four months later, I’ve learned a little bit more about Miranda and Andy and joy. (Also, FYI, the story really is told chronologically backwards.)

Let's start at the very end. )
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(Warning: this post contains Doubt "spoilers" and brief, non-graphic discussion of child abuse in the Catholic church.)

I fretted over “Recompense Delight”* more than any other fanfic I’ve ever posted. Writing it was a giddy, stay-up-far-too-late-typing style of FUN, but still I fretted.

A lot. )

*After the fact, I kind of think “Recompense Delight” sounds funny. What I meant by the title was that love and sex and the sharing of oneself with another are delightful things, and that just as the sinners in Romans “receiv[e] in themselves that recompense of their error,” it is possible to compensate another person for lovely things, too. Unfortunately, it kind of sounds like a dessert, like Marshmallow Pineapple Delight, or something. Oh well.
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Title: Recompense Delight
Fandom: Doubt (film)
Pairing: Sister Aloysius/Sister James
Rating: M
Disclaimer: I have no rights where Doubt is concerned. John Patrick Shanley wrote Doubt and his words humble me.
Summary: Three things I know: Nun angst != angsty fanfic. Narrating is my favorite thing in the world. This story makes me nervous.
Author's Note: Some months ago, I participated in a drabble-prompting meme and discovered that I am incapable of writing drabble-length fic inspired by Doubt. After responding to the prompts indirectly with a short fic, I have finally written something with the specific prompts in mind. Please note: this story (in three sections, all complete and posted under the cut) is unrelated to the short fic. [livejournal.com profile] pin_drop prompted the first section, [livejournal.com profile] somniesperus prompted the second, and [livejournal.com profile] la_fono prompted the third. So, once again, it's with pleasure that I dedicate a Doubt story to the three of you. Many thanks for the excellent prompts.

The Church is difficult, but it is good. )

fic rec!

Jul. 25th, 2009 09:07 am
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Working Title by [livejournal.com profile] pin_drop (fandom: "The Devil Wears Prada" [film], rating: M, pairings: Andy/Miranda, Miranda/Nigel)

This story is about...family. And gender. And sex. Often at the same time, and in the cleverest, strangest, loveliest of ways. I recommend reading the author's warning before diving in, but I also recommend diving in at your earliest possible convenience, because this isn't a "squicky" story at all, but rather a story about how incredibly complicated it is to be a human. [livejournal.com profile] pin_drop does justice to every character's experience--even in their most private or most misunderstood of moments, I feel genuine emotion for all of them.

It's also extremely long, extremely sexy, and--even when it's sad or intense, sometimes especially when it's sad or intense--extremely fun to read. Go forth and find out for yourself!
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Title: Land Fathoms
Fandom: The Devil Wears Prada (film)
Pairing: Miranda/Andy
Rating: R
Disclaimer: I have no rights whatsoever to The Devil Wears Prada.
Summary: My take on what happens between the moment when Andy stupidly drops her phone in the fountain and her return to New York.
Author's Note: I was hoping to have something ready in time for the International Day of Femslash, but it just didn't happen. I have some longer stuff in the works, but this piece is quite short. Enjoy!

Andy leaves; Andrea comes back. )
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COFFEE
You know you've reached a new height of bourgeois I-don't-know-what when you're getting your Recipe for Cold-Brew Coffee from The New York Times, but I (mostly) love The Times and I always love caffeine and am choosing to embrace these facts without shame. Cold-brewing is a really easy process, and you can save a ton of money making your own iced coffee rather than buying it in a coffeeshop. One tip: I've been using paper coffee filters to strain the coffee concentrate, and they have a tendency to split open once they've been filled with too many coffee grounds. Either double up on the filters or dump out some of the grounds partway through, otherwise you'll end up with rather chunky concentrate and will have to start all over again. (If you're careful, you won't need to strain it twice.)

The finished product is also far less bitter than what you get if you refrigerate regular drip coffee. I usually take sugar in my coffee, but this is great black or with just a little milk and nothing else: a truly delicious recipe.

COMPLICATED SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS
Mustn't by [livejournal.com profile] somniesperus (The Devil Wears Prada, Andy/Miranda, NC-17)
This story was posted a while back, and given Telanu's well-deserved popularity it seems likely that everyone in the fandom has already read it. But an author's fame is no reason not to rec something great, and this story is fantastic. Usually, I find well-done, thoughtful stories of "forbidden love" to be either sad but hot or hot but sad. This one is just...sad AND hot, in equal, lovely doses. Telanu referred to it as PWP, and I think "Porn With Plot" is more apt than "Plot? What Plot?" in this case. Regardless of its classification, this is one of the best stories Telanu has written--and that's saying a lot.

Crash and Burn by [livejournal.com profile] ubiquitousmixie (The Devil Wears Prada, Andy/Miranda, Andy/Emily, Emily/Miranda, Andy/Emily/Miranda [!!!], R)
So, the first part of this story was written for me as part of Ubiquitousmixie's drabble challenge, but that's not (the only reason) why I like it. The author takes what could be a story about pure and simple lust and turns it into an impressive meditation on power--over the self and over others. These characters don't want to care about the consequences of what they're doing, but they do. The shifting points-of-view are gracefully written, and the women's separate experiences culminate in a truly stunning way. For a story about sex, each character is so intensely inside her own mind. Very striking piece.

BASEBALL, TRAIN STATIONS, AND REPORTER/PUNDIT LOVE
Holding Pattern and Peanuts and Cracker Jacks by [livejournal.com profile] thatfangirl (Murphy Brown/Rachel Maddow)
I have never watched "Murphy Brown" or "The Rachel Maddow Show" on a regular basis, I don't make a habit of reading RPF, and damn it if these aren't some of the sweetest, sharpest stories I've had the pleasure of reading in quite a long time. These stories are narrated so matter-of-factly: the characters don't take each other for granted, but they know and accept each other for who they are with a rare clarity. The author has a good sense of humor, and the talent to say a great deal--and well--in a relatively short space. I highly recommend these stories even to people who aren't especially familiar with the characters: you'll probably enjoy them if you've ever, say, eaten a hot dog or visited a museum or experienced more than one human emotion simultaneously.
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My writing is slow as molasses at the moment. And stiff as dried molasses.

Ew.

Please help. Prompts? (I know I haven't finished the Doubt drabbles from the last time I did something like this--they're still in my head. It'll happen. Now, I just need some words from the outside to unstick my own words.)

The result will probably be Devil Wears Prada (film) fic with Andy/Miranda as the pairing. I may use the prompts to help with my current story, or I might try my hand at more drabbles (in other words, I can't promise that every prompt will result in a story). I'd take any sort of prompt, from a word or phrase to a physical location to a description of a scenario. Thanks!

Also: Strike the Pose, by [livejournal.com profile] woldy. It reminds me of some of the first DWP stories written: the ones about power and clothes.
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Title: Clean Rooms and Dirty Light
Fandom: The Devil Wears Prada (film)
Pairing: Miranda/Andy
Rating: M
Disclaimer: I have no rights whatsoever to The Devil Wears Prada.
Summary: Oh, you know. They're mad at each other; they love each other. They're smart women but kind of dumb when it comes to this.
Author's Note: Many, many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] sporkmetender, beta extraordinaire. She was a fantastic help to me. The chronology I used in the storytelling (alternating between present events and history) was inspired by several stories by [livejournal.com profile] somniesperus.

Part Two of Two )
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Title: Clean Rooms and Dirty Light
Fandom: The Devil Wears Prada (film)
Pairing: Miranda/Andy
Rating: M
Disclaimer: I have no rights whatsoever to The Devil Wears Prada.
Summary: Oh, you know. They're mad at each other; they love each other. They're smart women but kind of dumb when it comes to this.
Author's Note: Many, many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] sporkmetender, beta extraordinaire. She was a fantastic help to me. The chronology I used in the storytelling (alternating between present events and history) was inspired by several stories by [livejournal.com profile] somniesperus.

Part One of Two )
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So, the Doubt drabbles will take awhile, probably because they don't want to be drabbles at all. You can't rush a couple of potentially gay nuns, at least that's what I always say! Ahem. I have a problem.

In the meantime, I have the Devil Wears Prada drabbles requested by [livejournal.com profile] katsforever and [livejournal.com profile] baggers all ready for consumption. They requested "afterglow" and "organization" respectively, but oddly enough both prompts could be used to describe both drabbles.

I have no rights to The Devil Wears Prada, these pieces are PG-13, and they're 274 and 240 words.

Here they are... )
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Title: Forty-One
Fandom: Doubt (film)
Pairing: Sister James/Sister Aloysius
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: I have no rights where Doubt is concerned. John Patrick Shanley wrote Doubt and his words humble me.
Author's Note: This fic has been in my head for a little while now, but the writing of it was prompted by the drabble meme that's been going around. [livejournal.com profile] somniesperus and [livejournal.com profile] la_fono both requested Doubt drabbles (about "love" and "why" respectively), and I decided to write a short story instead. I'll hopefully get around to writing the drabbles eventually, but in the meantime I hope you're okay with sharing 1,500 words instead of getting 100 of your own. This story is dedicated to both of you, and to [livejournal.com profile] pin_drop who recently wrote about Gethsemane and who talks to me about dreams!

Sister James gives up snacking and gossip for Lent; Sister Aloysius gives up Sister James... )
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from [livejournal.com profile] pin_drop, among others

The first FIVE people to comment in this post get to request a drabbleish length fic (i.e., about 100 words) of any pairing/character of their choosing from me. In return, they have to post this meme in their journal.

NOTE: Since a lot of the people on my friends list have already posted this meme, I think it should go without saying that you can request a drabble without having to re-post the meme. If you request a drabble and haven't posted the meme yet, post in your journal. But if you're already writing drabbles and would like to make a request, go ahead. Hopefully this won't disrupt the whole zen of the meme (yikes) or something.

ANOTHER NOTE: I'd prefer to write in The Devil Wears Prada (film) but am toying with the idea of Doubt (film) as well. Prompts aren't required, but if you'd like to give me a word or two I would be very happy.

fic rec!

Apr. 14th, 2009 02:50 pm
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"Miriam Princhek" by [livejournal.com profile] pin_drop (fandom: "Devil Wears Prada" [film], rating: M, pairing: Andy/Miranda)

Hot damn! This fic is fantastic, and it's (to my knowledge) the first fic the author has posted in this fandom, so I want to do my small part to make sure it gets read by as many people as possible. I don't want to give too much away, but it's all about lies and truth and power dynamics and the power of names, and it's sexy and psychologically rich and entertaining without a single gratuitous moment. It is very sad, but not hopelessly so, and its happy moments are the opposite of hokey. Definitely one of the best things I've read in awhile. Go read it, if you haven't already!
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Fandom: The Devil Wears Prada (film)
Pairing: Andy/Miranda
Rating: PG to M
Prompts: Urgency, Vocal, Whisper, X-Ray, Youth, Zone
Disclaimer: I own nothing related to The Devil Wears Prada.
A/N: So, imagine that the "ABCs of DWP" Challenge was a marathon. All of the participants are at the finish line, clutching their completed stories. I am coming in last place (or nearly last), and although no one is cheering anymore and everyone's probably ready to go home, back to longer stories and their interesting lives, I'm still making a big deal about the race. I cross the finish line, do a goofy "victory" dance, and collapse onto the pavement, kissing the asphalt and maybe even, like, throwing up with exhaustion. It's a little embarrassing for everyone. "CoC is such a freak," a few people whisper. "At least she finished," a kinder soul adds.

At least I finished. Whew.

And now, onto the last stories! )
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Fandom: The Devil Wears Prada (film)
Pairing: Andy/Miranda, Miranda/OMC
Rating: PG to R
Prompts: Portrait, Queasy, Rumor, Storm, Tutor
Disclaimer: I own nothing related to The Devil Wears Prada.
A/N: I apologize for the lateness of these. The final set will be coming as soon as possible. The last few days have been lovely and busy, and there just wasn't an appropriate moment for me to say "If you'll excuse me, I have to go write some drabbles."

Also, while this set of drabbles is not in chronological order, each piece exists in the same "universe." This isn't the case for the other drabbles I've submitted for this challenge, but these five all include the same Miranda, the same Andy, and the same everyone else.

One more thing: the last one goes shamefully over 250 words. I figured I was already so late with these that I might as well ignore another rule while I was at it. Hopefully you won't find the extra words too self-indulgent.

To the little stories! )
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Fandom: The Devil Wears Prada (film)
Pairing: Andy/Miranda
Rating: PG to M
Prompts: Kiss, Letter, Mayhem, Narrow, Oil
Disclaimer: I own nothing related to The Devil Wears Prada

'Drabble' really isn't a very appealing-sounding word, is it? )
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Fandom: The Devil Wears Prada (film)
Pairing: Andy/Miranda
Rating: G to R
Prompts: Fate, Gravity, Homesick, Inept, Juicy
Disclaimer: I own nothing related to The Devil Wears Prada

This way... )
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Fandom: The Devil Wears Prada (film)
Pairing: Andy/Miranda
Rating: G to R
Prompts: Antique, Bereft, Clavicle, Discordant, Enchant
Disclaimer: I own nothing related to The Devil Wears Prada

They're all here... )
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Title: A Good Message
Rating: R
Pairing: Miranda/Andy
Prompt(s): My prompt from the 2008 Valentine's Exchange: "Something sweet and funny. A day in the life of Mirandy. All of the little moments in the relationship that aren't always recorded."
Summary: Sweet and funny, eh? My first ideas were about Andy's disapproving parents, Miranda's anger, and moving in together. It isn't exactly one day in the life, but I tried my best.
Disclaimer: I own nothing related to "The Devil Wears Prada."
A/N: This fic is for [livejournal.com profile] thanatopsis76! I'm a big fan of her writing, so I was excited to write this story. This fic is brought to you by at least two bouts of writer's block, one bout of stomach flu, and a very sleepy Miranda.
A/N 2: Please note: I took some liberties in terms of time frame. The story takes place about two years after the end of the movie. Because the recession of 2008 plays into this story, I imagined that the Fashion Week during which Andy leaves Miranda was October 2006, even though the movie came out that year. The action of this story takes place from November 2008-January 2009. Apparently I decided "sweet and funny" could also handle a tiny bit of recession-talk. Nothing too dire, though. I also decided to experiment with present tense in this story, though there are a lot of memories that take place in past-tense. Also, each of the three chapters starts out in Andy's POV and shifts to Miranda's after the break.

You're such a square. )
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Title: iTunes meme
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: Andy/Miranda
Prompt(s): iTunes meme, posted originally by [livejournal.com profile] kitnkabootle
Length/Word Count: 5 drabbles
Summary: 5 short pieces about Andy/Miranda, inspired by everything from The Boss to old-school French rap
Disclaimer: The characters are definitely not mine.
A/N: Mine are really weird. I didn't mess with them after the song was over, except I had to fix a couple of typos and a place where the words sounded out of order when I went back and read.

To the (tiny) stories... )
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This is my fic for the 2008 Secret Santa exchange. I was delighted when I found out my giftee was [livejournal.com profile] hawkbehere because her good humor, vocabulary, and creativity are some of the best parts of this fandom. I also loved her prompt. The following is the part of the prompt I chose:

Fanfic, truly preferably M/A but S/E are a second pairing I'm not averse to, as you might have guessed. NO ANGST that does not end well. Life is like that enough without reading it. :-)

Preferably something holiday-related.

I, too, would like to see the first Sachs parents/Priestly get together after the great reveal. Nothing like a May/December lesbian romance with two children attached to liven up a Christmas dinner! Again, I'd prefer it to end happily. But turkey or cranberry sauce can be thrown if need be.


Christmas is my favorite holiday and the Midwest is my favorite region of the United States so I was very excited to write a Christmas piece about a Midwestern homecoming. Christmas makes me joyful, but I tend to appreciate the melancholy "Charlie Brown Christmas Special" sort of Christmas story to any sort of schmaltz. Keeping HbH's "no angst that doesn't end well" request in mind led this story to turn into a constant battle between sappy ideas and Miranda's extremely pervasive depressive tendencies.

HbH, I truly hope you enjoy the story--and think it ends well enough. I hope you have had a wonderful holiday season!

xoxo,
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Title: Picking and Choosing
Pairing: Miranda/Andy
Rating: R, borderline M
Disclaimer: "The Devil Wears Prada" does not belong to me, nor would I desire such a thing.

Andy Sachs was absolutely sick of compartmentalizing love... )
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Title: Five Times Miranda Priestly Tells the Truth
Pairing: Miranda/Andy
Rating: R
Disclaimer: The words are mine but the characters are not.
Note: This is an aggressively narrated "five things..." one-shot that got a little out of hand. Writing it was a blast, and it went through a couple of stages before growing into the odd blend of lightness and emotional stress I present to you now. Also, many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] sporkmetender for getting me thinking about what a dream can do.

Back then, Miranda was sacred and separate, and Nate was special but wearing out, and Christian was a dick. )

Waking Up

Feb. 3rd, 2009 11:07 pm
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Title: Waking Up
Pairing: Miranda/Andy
Rating: Mostly R; some M
Disclaimers: These characters do not belong to me.
Note: This piece is the last in the series that began with Job Security and was followed by There Will be Time and Good Medicine. This particular piece is written from Miranda's perspective, which was challenging and nerve-wracking but ultimately enjoyable. Several of the writers in this community have been very inspiring and have given me a lot of different ways to think about this pairing. In particular, I want to mention the story "Miranda Priestly's Five Best Friends", by Telanu. It's a great piece that I read before getting this LJ account, and re-reading it recently inspired me to write about internalized homophobia.

So, enjoy! I had a lot of fun with this one, despite trying to deal with a difficult theme.

'How much did you hear?' 'A lot, I think.' )
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Title: Good Medicine
Pairing: Miranda/Andy
Rating: R
Disclaimer: The characters are not mine.
Note: This piece follows Job Security and There Will be Time. Enjoy!

You aren't, like, contagious or anything, are you? )
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Title: There Will be Time
Pairing: Miranda/Andy
Rating: PG-13?
Disclaimer: These characters are certainly not mine. And I quite pathetically ripped off Eliot's "Prufrock" for the title.
Note: This piece is a continuation of Job Security, my first attempt at writing fic. It isn't totally necessary to read that one, but helps explain the time-line of this piece. Feedback is welcomed, especially since this piece gets a bit dramatic and near-maudlin, which wasn't anticipated when I began writing.

I seem to sabotage goodness... )
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Title: Job Security
Pairing: Miranda/Andy
Rating: R?
Disclaimer: These characters are certainly not mine.

It was time to make some changes... )
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All the re-organization at the DWP community has been exciting, but it made me realize that I should probably have my posts saved at my own journal as well as at the community. So, I'm going to be reposting all my fic here. I'm also improving my tags so that my LJ will be more searchable as it hopefully grows. If you see a lot of fic cropping up on my journal, it's all stuff that I've posted at the community. Nothing new yet, sorry! And I apologize for clogging up your own friend lists with stories you've most likely read already.

I also have a somewhat technical question. I think it was on one of the mod posts that Telanu recommended using LJ Archive. I haven't tried using it yet, but I also don't have a whole lot to archive and can probably just do it manually. I was wondering, however, if anyone knows of a way to archive notes and comments received on an LJ community post. I'd really like to keep the comments I've received, but copying and pasting them into a document would probably look really, really ugly. Any insight would be greatly appreciated! (I'm not planning on deleting my community posts--I'd just like to have a way of backing them up, comments and all. You can call it vanity if you must.)

I'm okay with computers, but I used to know all sorts of html and had my own website when I was pretty young. I'm only in my twenties but I feel like I'm watching technology pass me by.
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(Devil Wears Prada, Miranda/Andy)
I blame [livejournal.com profile] somniesperus and [livejournal.com profile] thelastgoodname, among others.
From Angst to UST, 10 words each... )
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