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A New and Delightful Thing or Two
     As I've mentioned before, the very generous zenitt  won my writing services in the help_haiti  auction. He was patient, gave me lots of information in his outstandingly unique prompts, and didn't appear to regret having to wait for the results. Those results, the Ninth Doctor stories Ice Like Centuries and Dam-busting, are posted here and over at Teaspoon, and I'm pretty darned pleased with them.
     All of which is very nice. What completely blew me away yesterday was learning that zenitt had created two lovely banner-type illustrations of both stories. They're gorgeous and very apropos - especially the one for Dam-busting - and I was, as I told him, hornswoggled. No one has ever done something like this for me, or for my writing, and I'm touched beyond words. Once I figure out how to add them to my lj story postings, I will, but for now, I wanted to share them with you here.
     And again? Thank you, zenitt!


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Apr. 27th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
They are of the pretty!

Sorry I haven't read your stories yet, I do intend to, I'm just frantic with deadlines right now.
Apr. 27th, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
They are gorgeous, aren't they?

And heavens, don't worry about reading them (and I'm chagrined to realize that the post may have come off that way. Ack.)
Apr. 27th, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
Not at all! It's just that it reminded me I hadn't read them, and since I do like reading your work...
Apr. 27th, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
What a lovely gesture and what gorgeous banners! I read Dam-busting yesterday and Ice Like Centuries today - enjoyed them both; interesting what different moods you manage to conjure out of scenarios which do have quite strong parallels... Like you I think I like the Dam-busting banner best, it's stunning.
Apr. 27th, 2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
The Dam-busting banner is particularly wonderful because, as zenitt told me, he used a still from a deleted scene in the movie Amelia, and that the figure in the still is actually Chris Eccleston.

I was a little surprised when my Best Beloved told me he thought Dam-busting was probably the bleakest thing he'd ever read of mine. I hadn't thought of it as bleak, largely because I become fairly clinical when I write, but I thought about it, and realized he probably was correct. In both stories, I focused more on the fact that people did the right thing, no matter what the cost, which probably counts for as close to "joy" as this particular dour old Scots-Canadian broad often gets in her writing.

Edited at 2010-04-27 11:05 pm (UTC)
Apr. 28th, 2010 08:30 am (UTC)
the figure in the still is actually Chris Eccleston

Oh how perfect!

I actually found Ice like Centuries bleak, and Dam-busting not at all - sad, yes, but uplifting, perhaps because all the way through the protagonist was actively choosing his fate as a duty, and almost embracing it as something positive he could do, whereas (quite understandably), Ice like Centuries resounded with fear and anger and betrayal (and violence, which was very well handled but I was glad for the warning on it!)

Interestingly I felt as though Dam-busting could almost have been a Ten story, whereas IlC was unquestionably Nine through and through...
Apr. 28th, 2010 12:45 am (UTC)
Cheers. It's the least I could do.

Regarding bleak, I wouldn't call the story that. I'd say it's the most ... hm ... Time-Lord-ish?
Apr. 28th, 2010 05:10 am (UTC)
Heh. That's one way to look at it.
Apr. 28th, 2010 04:52 am (UTC)
Oh, gorgeous art!
Apr. 28th, 2010 05:10 am (UTC)
Isn't it, though? He's good!
May. 6th, 2010 09:32 am (UTC)
The banners are perfect for the stories. Do pass that along, please.
May. 6th, 2010 03:27 pm (UTC)
I will definitely pass your kind and accurate words on!

Edited at 2010-05-06 03:27 pm (UTC)
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