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Poi
Date: Friday 12 November 2010 21:13
Subject: Yuletide
Status: Public
Tags: yuletide
Dear Yuletide Writer,

Hi! Thank you for writing me a story! As I'm sure you already know, optional details are optional; I hope some of this is helpful to you - please disregard whatever isn't, I'd really rather you enjoyed yourself writing a story you like. And I really like getting stories I would never have thought of myself, so, seriously, if you have another idea, feel free to write that. I decided to just ask for the three fandoms I really, really want this year. I love them all and would be delighted with practically any kind of story in any of them.

If you are one of those people that researches their recipient, I'm afraid I rarely update this LJ. In fact, a post or so back is last year's Yuletide letter, (and a couple of posts back from that is the year before,) from which this has mostly been cribbed. I have a delicious account here, of stories I like, if that helps, including a couple in these fandoms.

Some things I like: bantering and bickering and snark and snappy dialogue; sexual tension and stoic pining and desperate, breathless longing; first kisses; holding hands; wanting to touch but not touching; finally touching after omg so long; canon-derived aus; stories about rebuilding and restoration; stories about friendship and family; unconditional trust in the face of apparent betrayal; unconditional loyalty; common sense; adventures, capers, hijinx and derring do; secrets revealed and cats out of bags; political machinations and twistiness; ass kicking; smart people being smart; mysteries; actions having consequences; competent people being competent; love being shown through action; ethical dilemmas; did I mention my competence kink?; complicated people being complicated; rational behaviour in the face of the irrational; superpowers; tentacles; woke up a girl; body switching; psychic adventures; second chances; hopefulness, kindness, compassion, forgiveness; not making the same mistake twice; our heroes against the world; people who complete each other; people who are complete in themselves; fucked up people finding happiness despite themselves; well adjusted people arranging happiness for themselves and those around them.

Some things I do not like: meanspiritedness, sap, humiliation (I have such an embarrassment squick), character bashing, misogyny (including phrases like "don't be such a girl"), infidelity, introspective navel-gazing. I do not particularly want alternate reality AUs (dragon kings in space, etc) or crossovers for any of these fandoms (though I like them in general, so if you're really inspired go for it). I also would prefer not a Christmas or holiday related story.

I can take any amount of angst in the middle but very much prefer happy endings. I'm fine with any rating.

Sohryuden | Legend of the Dragon Kings (Tsuzuku/Hajime)

Tsuzuku/Hajime slash or brotherly gen would be fantastic, I just would really love to have a story about them. I would also be very happy with dirty wrong Lady L/Tsuzuku or Lady L/Hajime, or even Tsuzuku/Mizuichi or Hajime and Matsuri trying another date. The first six eps are my favourite if you want to write ep-related fic; I hate the stupid ending, so post-series AUs ftw. Seriously anything, *anything* in this fandom would make me so overjoyed.

If you didn't offer it (and you probably didn't offer it ;)) but you're stuck on the fandom you *did* sign up for, you can download LDK here (change file extension to .avi) or I believe it's netflixable in the US, though difficult/impossible to find elsewhere (twelve 45 min episodes on six discs, which are inconveniently not numbered - the order is: Under Fire, Black Dragon, Red Dragon, Iron Dragon, White Dragon, Blue Dragon.) It is quite an old anime, and the animation is not great, but I love it anyway. Most of my favourite moments are in the first six episodes, and I must admit it gets a little slow thereafter - so if you want to watch half of it and go wildly AU, that would be fine with me ;).

Um, I have nothing more to say about Dragon Kings! I just love it because I do, but I love it a *lot*.

Sono Te wo Dokero | Hands Off! (Tatsuki/Kotarou)

Request: Tatsuki/Kotarou slash would be fantastic, but I would be just as happy with gen. Basically I'd love a story about their awkward, messed up love for each other, whatever kind of love you think that is. I'm fine with Kota/Mio if you write gen and want to include it, I love Yuuto, I love ensemble stories, and psychic adventures are always JUST FINE with me. I'd prefer fic set during or after the manga (rather than 'when they were little' fic), but I am still annoyed at the ending if you want to go AU there.

I didn't write much of a prompt because I really don't know what I want, just: more of that! Um, I guess my favourite thing about Hands Off! is even though it is angsty it is also really warm and affectionate.

If you don't know Hands Off!, it's a manga - eight volumes of AWESOME (plus a two volume prequel, "Don't Call Us Angels". I really like that too but it's about different characters who I forgot to nominate again). If you're curious about it, there's a good fansite with a summary etc.

Honoo no Mirage | Mirage of Blaze (Naoe/Takaya)

Request: I know how the novels end and I want no part of it. It drives me crazy that after 400 years and AMNESIA they still can't get it right - some hope for Naoe and Takaya/Kagetora, please? Don't make it too easy, but there's got to be a way out of this miserable cycle somewhere. Otherwise, all the crack and melodrama you can bring probably still won't exceed canon, so do your worst. Yeah, that's right. I'm daring you. Wingfic, tentacle porn, genderfuck, amnesia (oh wait), accidentally-got-married - this pairing is crying out for emoporn and terrible, terrible cliches. Or not, I like serious stories too. Really, anything goes.

There are so many different stories I want in this fandom I couldn't tell you them all if I had a month. I *would* like something that focuses on their relationship, but that covers a *vast* amount of ground. Porn is fine, gen (well, as gen as these two ever get) is fine - follow your heart! This page has a lot of useful reference links and dark agenda has a beta resource post if you're worried about getting cultural/historical details wrong.

If you haven't seen it, I do recommend it. It's 13 episodes on 4 DVDs (there are 3 OVAs as well, but I haven't seen them yet). It's got reincarnation and psychic adventures and totally fucked up people with superpowers!!

Good luck!
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Poi
Date: Tuesday 9 March 2010 21:55
Subject: FMA big bang fanart
Status: Public
Tags: fanart, fma
This is my fanart for fma_big_bang, for catystorm's story "Stormy May Day", which is a fusion with Supernatural and a lot of fun. Read it! Part one |Part two.

The lineart:

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And the coloured version, which, um. Anyway I thought the lineart came out quite well, right? Ink & oil pastels.

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Poi
Date: Friday 6 November 2009 20:36
Subject: Yuletide letter
Status: Public
Tags: yuletide
Dear Yule Goat,

Hi! Thank you for writing me a story! As I'm sure you already know, optional details are optional; I hope some of this is helpful to you - please disregard whatever isn't, I'd really rather you enjoyed yourself writing a story you like. And I really like getting stories I would never have thought of myself, so, seriously, if you have another idea, feel free to write that.

If you are one of those people that researches their recipient, I'm afraid I rarely update this LJ. In fact, a couple of posts back is last year's Yuletide letter, from which this has mostly been cribbed. I have a delicious account here, of stories I like, if that helps, including a couple in these fandoms.

Some things I like: bantering and bickering and snark and snappy dialogue; sexual tension and stoic pining and desperate, breathless longing; first kisses; holding hands; wanting to touch but not touching; finally touching after omg so long; canon-derived aus; stories about rebuilding and restoration; stories about friendship and family; unconditional trust in the face of apparent betrayal; unconditional loyalty; common sense; adventures, capers, hijinx and derring do; secrets revealed and cats out of bags; political machinations and twistiness; ass kicking; smart people being smart; mysteries; actions having consequences; competent people being competent; love being shown through action; ethical dilemmas; did I mention my competence kink?; complicated people being complicated; rational behaviour in the face of the irrational; superpowers; tentacles; woke up a girl; body switching; psychic adventures; second chances; hopefulness, kindness, compassion, forgiveness; not making the same mistake twice; our heroes against the world; people who complete each other; people who are complete in themselves; fucked up people finding happiness despite themselves; well adjusted people arranging happiness for themselves and those around them.

Some things I do not like: meanspiritedness, sap, humiliation (I have such an embarrassment squick), character bashing, misogyny (including phrases like "don't be such a girl"), infidelity, introspective navel-gazing. I do not particularly want alternate reality AUs (dragon kings in space, etc) or crossovers for any of these fandoms (though I like them in general, so if you're really inspired go for it). I also would prefer not a Christmas or holiday related story.

I can take any amount of angst in the middle but very much prefer happy endings. I'm fine with any rating.

Legend of the Dragon Kings [Sohryuden, Legend of the 4 Kings] (Tsuzuku/Hajime)

Tsuzuku/Hajime slash or brotherly gen would be awesome, I just would really love to have a story about them together. I would also be very happy with dirty wrong Tsuzuku/Lady L or Hajime/Lady L, or even Tsuzuku/Mizuichi or Hajime and Matsuri trying another date. The first six eps are my favourite if you want to write ep-related fic; I don't like the ending much, so post-series AUs ftw. Really, I'm very easy, I'd be overjoyed just to know another person who has even seen it!

If you didn't offer it (and you probably didn't offer it ;)) but you're stuck on the fandom you *did* sign up for, you can download LDK here (change file extension to .avi) or I believe it's nexflixable in the US, though difficult/impossible to find elsewhere (twelve 45 min episodes on six discs, which are inconveniently not numbered - the order is: Under Fire, Black Dragon, Red Dragon, Iron Dragon, White Dragon, Blue Dragon.) It is quite an old anime, and the animation is not great, but I love it anyway. Most of my favourite moments are in the first six episodes, and I must admit it gets a little slow thereafter - so if you want to watch half of it and go wildly AU, that would be fine with me ;).

Um, I have nothing more to say about Dragon Kings! I just love it because I do, but I love it a *lot*.

Hands Off! [Sono Te Wo Dokero] (Tatsuki/Kotarou)

Request: Tatsuki/Kotarou slash would be fantastic, but I would be just as happy with gen. Basically I'd love a story about their awkward, messed up love for each other, whatever kind of love you think that is. I'm fine with Kota/Mio if you write gen and want to include it, I love Yuuto, I love ensemble stories, and psychic adventures are always JUST FINE with me. I'd prefer fic set during or after the manga (rather than 'when they were little' fic), but I am still annoyed at the ending if you want to go AU there.

I didn't write much of a prompt because I really don't know what I want, just: more of that! Um, I guess my favourite thing about Hands Off! is even though it is angsty it is also really warm and affectionate.

If you don't know Hands Off!, it's a manga - eight volumes of AWESOME (plus a two volume prequel, "Don't Call Us Angels". I really like that too but it's about different characters). If you're curious about it, there's a good fansite with a summary etc, and scanlations online or dl at yshare (you have to join the comm), but the offical translation is great if you like the look of it.

Gohou Drug [aka Legal Drug, Lawful Drug] (Kazahaya Kudo/Rikuo Himura)

Request: Gen is fine but at least as slashy as canon, please? But what else to ask for -- gah, surely every Legal Drug fan wants the same thing? *Volume 4*. Not that I expect you to write it when CLAMP apparently can't!, but if you can manage it a small taste of what happens next would be great. A daft assignment, a bunch of arguing, maybe some kissing?

Sorry about the prompt; I got nothing! Kazahaya/Rikuo, or just anything in the spirit of canon would be lovely, but *please* don't feel constrained; obviously I have no idea what I want, so go ahead and surprise me.

If you're stuck on another fandom, I guess this is my gimmee as it's only 3 wee volumes. You can Read Legal Drug online, or download it.

Mirage of Blaze (Naoe/Takaya)

Request: I know how the novels end and I want no part of it. It drives me crazy that after 400 years and AMNESIA they still can't get it right - some hope for Naoe and Takaya/Kagetora, please? Don't make it too easy, but there's got to be a way out of this miserable cycle somewhere. Otherwise, all the crack and melodrama you can bring probably still won't exceed canon, so do your worst. Yeah, that's right. I'm daring you. Wingfic, tentacle porn, genderfuck, amnesia (oh wait), accidentally-got-married - this pairing is crying out for emoporn and terrible, terrible cliches. Alternatively, if you want to write a more serious story and know anything about Japanese history, there's a *lot* of history there to explore.

Oh god, I hope I didn't make it sound like I only want crack or grim historical fic, there are so many different stories I want in this fandom I couldn't tell you them all if I had a month. I *would* like something that focuses on their relationship, but that covers a *vast* amount of ground. Porn is fine, gen (well, as gen as these two ever get) is fine - follow your heart! This page has a lot of useful reference links and dark agenda has a beta resource post if you're worried about getting cultural/historical details wrong.

If you haven't seen it, I'm afraid I can't help you out. I do recommend it though, if you are in the mood for some very pretty mel-o-drama. It's 13 episodes on 4 DVDs (there are 3 OVAs as well, but I haven't seen them yet). It's got reincarnation and pyschic adventures and totally fucked up people with superpowers!

Good luck!
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Poi
Date: Friday 6 March 2009 13:47
Subject: RaceFail 09
Status: Public
I have been following this for some time but rarely commenting. However I do not want my silence to be taken for apathy or assent, particularly not assent with this piece of condescending fuckwittery (a more elegant response to that here, also here, here, here and here).

If you don't know what I'm talking about (srsly?), various timelines & summaries are around, most recently here, and especially this earlier one. rydra_wong is also keeping track of MANY RaceFail09 posts here.

I'm not likely to ever meet either of them, but I support the various calls to shun both Will Shetterly and Kathryn Cramer for maliciously and repeatedly outing coffeeandink (her posts, 1, 2, 3, 4, see also: this and this).

A few of the excellent posts that have I have read/re-read recently (some from this week, some from a month or two ago, so pls check the dates if you're going to comment):

Cultural Appropriation 101 by shewhohashope
For the people who still don't know what the big deal is, or have been pulled so far into the soul-sucking vortex of internet pseudonymity and professional egos that they've forgotten that there was a deal: Cultural Appropriation 101. Hopefully, by the end of the course, you will comfortable with the basic arguments against appropriation of marginalised cultures by dominant cultures.

Why this hurts everyone by oyceter
RaceFail has, from the very beginning, had authors and editors on one side and readers and consumers on another.

On Safe Spaces by eruthros
I've been thinking about the degree to which some people don't understand what a safe space is, and what it means -- a self-determined space, a space I declare safe, a space under my control.

I didn't dream of dragons by deepad
One of the most frustrating arguments I’ve encountered is—If you hate it so much, stop bitching and write your own.

ven ve voke up, ve had zese wodies by ciderpress
As the dust settles, I have seen a considerable number of white people repeatedly declare that their painful, difficult ordeal has been worth it, thanking and patting each other/themselves on the back and having a little cry or whatever it is people do when they feel like they have had a cathartic moment.

on the David Levine thing by vito_excalibur
So let me recap. I want to stand up in public and say whatever fool thing comes into my head. If I say something insulting and anyone calls me on it, I want to react by getting hugely defensive and insisting that I didn't do anything wrong. And I want this not to result in the internet coming down around my ears.

Some thoughts on the impossibility of opting out of the economy of privilege by miriam_heddy
An effective white anti-racist is not an ex-racist or a never-been-racist but instead is a racist who finds racism problematic enough to work against the privileges that systemic racism offers white people at the expense of recognizing the humanity of PoC.

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50books_poc
verb_noire
The Remyth Project
Team Fandom at Kiva
Scholarship type thing for Wiscon
12th POC blog carnival
POC in SF/F Carnival call for submissions
First Asian Women Blog Carnival call for submissions
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Poi
Date: Wednesday 31 December 2008 12:00
Subject: YULETIDE LETTER
Status: Public
Tags: yuletide
Dear Excellent Person Who Is Writing Me A Story For Yuletide,

ETA: I forgot to mention that I am away for Christmas, and probably not back online until the 27/28th. So please don't be freaked if I don't comment before then!

Firstly, sorry my prompts were kind of crap. I fully expected to have to re-submit my sign-up so I got a bit lazy, and then I ran out of time. And sorry I don't have a fourth fandom, but I couldn't think of anything I wanted as much as these three. I do love all three though, and would be gleeful at a story for any of them. Here are some further ramblings about my requested fandoms, if you find that sort of thing helpful.

Some things I like: bantering and bickering and snappy dialogue; sexual tension and stoic pining and desperate longing; first kisses; plot; canon-like stories; canon-derived aus; stories about rebuilding and restoration; stories about friendship; adventures, capers and derring do; political machinations; smart people being smart; competent people being competent; mysteries; actions having consequences; love being shown through action; ethical dilemmas; complicated people being complicated; rational behaviour in the face of the irrational.

Some things I do not like: sap, humiliation, character bashing, misogyny (including phrases like "don't be such a girl"), infidelity, lengthy internal monologues (ETA: I think what I really mean here is introspective navel-gazing). I would prefer not to be depressed, unless the darkness really calls to you.

I'm fine with any rating. Not usually that into PWPs, but there are always exceptions. (Uh - if you are the kind of person who looks that sort of thing up, I have a delicious account here, of stories I like).

Legend of the Dragon Kings (Any)

Original request: I would be equally delighted by gen, slash or het. Tsuzuku & Hajime are probably my favourites, but I always love ensemble stories. Pairing suggestions: Tsuzuku/Lady L dirtywrongness, Tsuzuku/Hajime (I'm not normally into incest, but they're *dragons*, so), Tsuzuku/Mizuichi, maybe Hajime/Shinkai, or even Hajime and Matsuri trying another date. In general I prefer stories set during or after canon (rather than in the past) but please (*please*) feel free to ignore the ending or write an alternate one (anything that isn't "then they woke up and it was all a beautiful dream!" would be *fantastic*).

Okay, what I would really like for Christmas is a huge Legend of the Dragon Kings fandom, with novel-length stories and missing scenes and crossovers and character studies and AUs and ship wars -- maybe not the ship wars, can't we all just get along? --, but I would settle for there being just! one!! story!!! So if you are the one person who offered this fandom, I LOVE YOU. If you're not but you're stuck on the fandom you *did* sign up for, I believe it's nexflixable in the US, though probably difficult to find elsewhere (12 eps on six discs, which are inconveniently not numbered - the order is: Under Fire, Black Dragon, Red Dragon, Iron Dragon, White Dragon, Blue Dragon. But you could totally just watch the first three discs and then go AU -- all my favourite moments are in the first six episodes, and I must admit it gets very slow thereafter. And the ending is just stupid. And - okay look, it is not the best anime ever, but it was my first and I kind of imprinted on it -- well, actually I think my very first anime may have been Akira, but what kind of psycho imprints on Akira? Um. Anyway.)

Some of the things what I like about it: siblings with no parents looking out for each other, dragons, reincarnated gods, superpowers, our heroes against the world, TSUZUKU. I think Tsuzuku is a lot snarkier in the UK dub, which I tragically could not find. I love Tsuzuku and his car and pink shirt and his tea-making and his polite, cheerful violence. I also like the matter-of-factness with which they approach the weirdness that befalls them, it makes the moments of angst more compelling to me. And - honestly, none of that is really why I love it, I just do. And I put "any" because I really would be happy with anything in this fandom.

Hands Off! (Tatsuki/Kotarou/Yuuto/Mio)

I put all four characters because I really do love them all and would be happy with a story about any or all of them, in any combination, but I would especially love a story focused on Tatsuki & Kotarou if you are inspired - gen or slash. But absolutely no Mio bashing! Mio is awesome.

(If you don't know Hands Off!, it's a manga - eight volumes of AWESOME. There's a good fansite with a summary and the like here, and you may be able to find it on free_manga.)

Things it has what i like: Banter, snark, complicated love, uncomplicated friendship, psychic adventures, totally justified angst, TATSUKI.
I'm afraid my request was pretty useless, and I don't really have any specific ideas to offer you so I hope you're not stuck! Again, I'd rather something set during or after the series, but once again you can go ahead and change or ignore the ending for this one if you want. I tend to prefer two or more characters interacting to someone brooding alone (I'm looking at you, Tatsuki) and I do like a story with a plot, however slight. I would love a Tatsuki/Kotarou story but don't fret if it doesn't appeal, I love gen too and I meant it about 'any combination' - I would totally read Yuuto/Mio ;}.

Diana Wynne Jones - Hexwood (Mordion)

I would love a Mordion story - gen, het slash, whatever, whenever - but I also love ensemble and friendship stories. What does the new Hand do next? Maybe a story about the trip back or their first days in office? I would slightly prefer a story set during or after the book (unless it's about Mordion), but please write a story you are happy with and I'm sure I will be happy too.

Hexwood is one of my favourite books - if you haven't read it, I highly recommend it. I know DWJ is hard to emulate, but anything in the style of the book would be awesome. A post-book story would be great but there's acres of scope for missing scenes as well. And it really doesn't have to be about Mordion! it's just that if it's going to be focused on a *single* character, I'd rather it was him. Otherwise Hexwood has a really interesting cast I'd be delighted to see more of. But please no depressing alternate endings?

In conclusion, thank you so much for writing me a story! You can ignore any and all of the above, of-course. Just write a story you enjoy writing, because I always think that shows ;}.
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Poi
Date: Friday 28 March 2008 11:31
Subject: I do not love you, Mister Incest
Status: Public
Tags: numb3rs
Oh, Numb3rs fandom, why don’t you love me? How can there be so much Ian/Charlie and so little Ian/Don? I mean, I don’t want to be one of those people who questions other people’s stupid pairing choices, but that is a stupid pairing choice you made there, Numb3rs fandom. Ditto Colby/Charlie and don’t even get me started on all the Don/Charlie omg, seriously, it’s just so mean. There’s so much fic and I can’t read any of it, why you gotta be so cruel to me?

I am shaking my head sadly in your general direction, just thought you should know.

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Seriously, I think I figured out what the problem is with Ian/Don: you’re afraid that much pretty in one place might hurt somebody, right? But we are a hardy breed, friends! TAKE THAT CHANCE!

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Poi
Date: Friday 19 October 2007 20:48
Subject: Yuletide
Status: Public
Oh god. I suffered some sort of terrible brain spasm and accidentally signed up for Yuletide. Oh god. Oh god.

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Dear Santa,

I uh, think I was fairly detailed in my details -- possibly too much so. I am too terrified about my own assignment right now to think if I missed anything out, but I will try to come back to it. But really, I would like for you to have fun, so please do ignore my details if they freak you out and make you feel, like, OH MY GOD WHAT DID I DO WHY DID I SIGN UP FOR THIS OH MY GOD I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHO THAT CHARACTER IS WHY DID I SAY I COULD WRITE ANYONE OR IN THIS FANDOM AT ALL OH GOD I AM SO SCREWED.

Just follow your heart and don't kill anyone, and I'm sure it will work out fine!

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oh god.
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Poi
Date: Sunday 5 August 2007 11:00
Subject: IBARW: ICONS
Status: Public
International Blog Against Racism Week starts tomorrow, and runs 6-12 August 2007.

In honour of SF's long tradition of further marginalising people of colour by making them 'the alien', here are some icons:



They are kind of lousy, sorry. I ran out of energy before I ran out aliens.

I wanted to find a screencap of Kingsley Shacklebolt in his Ethnic Robes of Ethnicity and caption it "Magical Negroes Against Racism". Would that be funny or just completely inappropriate?

ETA: Made one of Kingsley.

ETA2: Forgot to mention, but obviously: all sharable, modify-at-will, no credit required.
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Poi
Date: Monday 30 April 2007 22:17
Subject: Dr Who 3.05 Evolution of the Daleks
Status: Public
Well, that was a complete waste of 45 minutes. If you haven't seen it yet, kids, don't bother.

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Meanwhile, in happier news, a long awaited consummation has finally taken place between my house and my carpet, after a year long engagement. In a beautiful ceremony held on Saturday, they joined together as house and ... carpet.

It was extremely moving and I may yet cry, as I suspect my stupid rabbit is already plotting a christening. So far she's been kept to the bathroom, instead of having the run of the house -- which is not in the least cruel, by the way. It's a big bathroom, and there's plenty of room for her to run and jump and frolic, and destroy the floor varnish with her corrosive urine.

Long may the honeymoon last.

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Poi
Date: Sunday 29 April 2007 20:05
Subject: (no subject)
Status: Public
Is there anything more obnoxious than the joyful sound of children's laughter?
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