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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2016 11:23 pm 
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Thanks so much for reading, Aaarrrgh, and for the very kind words!

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I'm almost a bit sad right now that Tey'von has just entered into the realm of Big Plans, because I think both he and Hara would enjoy to sit and have a good long conversation about what she believes and used to believe.

That would definitely be a fascinating encounter. And, who knows? It could still happen. Maybe it's the wrong season for it just now, but seasons change. :)

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Not quite sure where this one came from, but, here it is.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 12:21 am 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 10:59 pm 
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@ Raven & @ Huey -- Thanks so much for reading, sirs, and for the very kind words!


(The beginning of the piece made me think Hara/Hari was about to pop out to help Layna, though the symbology in her last piece talked about the beginning of the spring.)

Anyway, I liked this a lot! I did not expect it to be about Beryl and Aloise at all. That was very well done. If anything, I expected Haru to show up, or I thought there was a slight chance this would wind up as the same plane that "Pariah" is set on, during the same war.

That's so interesting -- and it must be telling that both your minds went to the same place!

The funny thing is, when this story sort of popped into my head, I wasn't thinking at all about Haru. But, now that you've both mentioned it, I can totally see how this piece has the feel of a Haru story to it. It's completely possible that she sort of subconsciously rubbed-off on this little story, without my really being aware of it. The mind is a funny thing like that.

Anyway, I'm glad that the sort of Beryl and Aloise "reveal" at the end worked okay, even though it wasn't intentionally supposed to be a fake-out, or anything like that. More than anything else, I think that this story was sort of a very loose meditation on the human capacity for both cruelty and kindness, and, whenever I think about the word "kindness," there's a certain blonde mage who sort of enters into my mind's eye. So I'm guessing that's why my imagination cast the characters here the way that it did. And, given that all my recent non-canon Beryl & Aloise shorts have been very narrowly focused on the relationship between the two of them, I think it was sort of nice for a change to pull the camera back a little bit, and to sort of see them interacting with the rest of the multiverse, instead of just with each other.

And I suppose that this could totally be set on the same plane as "Pariah" -- although I'm guessing that, for reasons of timeline, the titular war probably isn't the same one from Raven's wonderful story. This piece didn't really come with a setting attached -- the only details I had in mind are the ones in the piece: that it's winter, and there's some sort of war taking place. Which leaves a pretty wide range of possibilities.

And, of course, this is all non-canon, so that tends to keep things pretty loose, too. :)


Ahhh. I was really concerned at first that the baby was dead. Then I remember you were writing this and not me, so I felt a little better.

I try to limit myself to about one dead child per six months, give or take a few...

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Loved how Beryl's warmth is described as nostalgic and vital; despite all the atrocities she must have seen on that plane I think helping others with her magic does a whole lot of good to our Aliavellian planeswalker.

I think so, too. And I think that, more than anything else, sort of the message that I took away from this little scene is that, for all the capacity that we have to hurt each other, it can also take so, so little to make each other whole again -- just a little light, and a little warmth, as the case may be.

And, in a sense, that's really how I sort of think of Aloise and Beryl -- as light and warmth personified.

So, for Beryl, being reminded that fire can warm as well as it can destroy is always a balm for her soul, I think.

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Hells, why do I keep thinking her name's been changed to Hari?

(I'm still convinced that her sharing a name with Sri Hara is not a true problem, but it's probably a moot point now)

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@OL: I must admit that I almost simultaneously teared up and cheered out loud when I realized who the strangers on the road were. It took me a few moments, and I was a bit worried during those moments, so the realization was an extreme feelgood moment. Thank you, I needed that.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 11:19 pm 
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Aaarrrgh wrote:
@OL: I must admit that I almost simultaneously teared up and cheered out loud when I realized who the strangers on the road were. It took me a few moments, and I was a bit worried during those moments, so the realization was an extreme feelgood moment. Thank you, I needed that.

Thanks for sharing that, Aaarrrgh -- it gives me a really good feeling to know that you enjoyed this story, and that it gave you a happy moment. I sort of can't think of a better reason to write than that. :D

Anyway, thanks again for reading -- it is deeply appreciated!

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I like this! I really dig the repeated "I miss..." theme and the underlying lack of understanding of what was going on. Granted, I didn't get the sense of a mystic terrarium, but I like it. I also really liked the beginning of the piece, with the thing with the tree that wouldn't stay down. That was nicely done.

Cool stuff all around. Thanks for posting!


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I like this! I really dig the repeated "I miss..." theme and the underlying lack of understanding of what was going on.
Thanks! I have this mental image of the speaker wistfully spacing out for a moment before moving on.

Granted, I didn't get the sense of a mystic terrarium, but I like it.
Fair enough; part of that could be that I tried not to let the people inside feel too trapped. I tried to throw in a few hints, but for some reason, though that was the inspiration for the piece, I didn't feel like it needed to be the focus. Perhaps another day.

I also really liked the beginning of the piece, with the thing with the tree that wouldn't stay down. That was nicely done.
Based on a true story. Okay, so it was a corn snake pulling down the plastic tree that he'd gotten too big to climb, and it's now more of a ground cover because I long ago stopped bothering to put it back up, but that's as much truth as certain movies have, right?


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Generated by boredom and the "What Card Am I Thinking Off" (sic) Thread...

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@Worry Beads: That sheds new light onto Erik's potential plight, doesn't it? Considering that it's impossible to count to even one billion within a single mortal lifetime, losing count at over one hundred thirty-eight of them could have been devastating. I suspect that "beings terrible alien intelligence" is missing something, though.

For my part, I swear I'll get to the meat of the story sometime, but for now:

The Where


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I'm thinking of putting Worry Beads up for a vote, Raven would you be OK with that?

Also, the "one hundred thirty eight billion" number wasn't totally random! It's in the ballpark for the number of seconds from the fall of Old Vodalia to 100 years post-Mending (the assumed 'present' of core canon)

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 4:37 pm 
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I'm thinking of putting Worry Beads up for a vote, Raven would you be OK with that?

Also, the "one hundred thirty eight billion" number wasn't totally random! It's in the ballpark for the number of seconds from the fall of Old Vodalia to 100 years post-Mending (the assumed 'present' of core canon)

I have no problem with the story going up for vote, though it might be a good idea to slow down with the stuff you're putting up in general. Due to grading and various other issues, I haven't even had a chance to read your two latest stories yet, and probably won't for another week. I need a root canal tomorrow, and will likely be out of it for the next few days, so there's virtually no way I'll be able to get to "Where Angels Fear to Tread" before the deadline, and you already have four other pieces waiting for votes as it is.

So I have no problem with the story going up, I would just hold off a week or two.


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Heh, I was wondering if I was flooding things problematically.

Good luck with the root canal. ouch.

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Heh, I was wondering if I was flooding things problematically.

Good luck with the root canal. ouch.

I don't think it's been problematic on your end, just thata lot of us have had stuff on our plates.
I should apologize too since I've not gotten around to it either.

and likewise, good luck Raven. Here's hoping they give you the stuff that'll really zonk you out.

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I need a root canal tomorrow, and will likely be out of it for the next few days, so there's virtually no way I'll be able to get to "Where Angels Fear to Tread" before the deadline, and you already have four other pieces waiting for votes as it is.

Oh noes! I'm so, so sorry to hear that, Raven.

Mouth pain is the worst. :( Feel better soon, okay?


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I don't think it's been problematic on your end, just thata lot of us have had stuff on our plates.I should apologize too since I've not gotten around to it either.

I have been similarly delinquent -- I am so far behind on recent M:EM stuff at the moment. :(

The last new piece I read was Raven's last Denner story, and the most I managed in the form of a comment was basically: "Yup, it's great!"

Which is not exactly a thorough reaction...

Tevish, I'm super sorry -- I haven't made it through any of your recent work. It's on my list of Things That Must Be Done And Will Be Done, so it will be done. It has just been on said list for much longer than I would have liked, and I feel pretty rotten about that.

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Good luck with the root canal. ouch.

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and likewise, good luck Raven. Here's hoping they give you the stuff that'll really zonk you out.

Oh noes! I'm so, so sorry to hear that, Raven.

Mouth pain is the worst. :( Feel better soon, okay?

Thanks, everyone. I appreciate the thoughts, but it's ultimately not that big of a deal. Sadly, both of my parents have always had bad teeth, and I very much inherited them. Let's just say that this isn't the first time I've sat in that chair and gone under the drill. All things considered, while it's not what I would like to be doing tomorrow, there are far worse things that could be happening.


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