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April 15th, 2013

10:06 am - Due South dream
Oh, man. I haven't watched or thought much about Due South in months, but this morning I woke up at the tail end of a dreamed alternate first RayK episode in which Fraser meets Kowalski in a hardware store in Yellowknife. It's an electric connection at first sight, although the show just-barely dresses it in terms of friendship. The symbolism is obvious, though. For reasons that I don't remember or perhaps the dream never made clear, when he first see him, Ray is holding a Valentine.

Fraser has what is in many ways a dream post in remote Yukon town, low crime and lots of good earnest people who honestly disagree about worthwhile goals (such as the issue of whether to integrate the mer-people into mainstream society or keep them segregated from land people in the name of helping them preserve their unique culture; Fraser acts chiefly as a translator in this conflict, having spent some time among the mer-people in his youth). But Fraser is frustrated by the machinations of local politics and has felt for some time that he could do more good elsewhere. Meeting Ray also makes him realize with a jolt how lonely he's been here. He's on good terms with everyone in town, but except for Dief, he has no special friendship, no partner. Ray and his stories of Chicago seem like fate, and during their epic day-long conversation (including a stop at a craft fair where Ray complains the insufficient punk rock value of a Valentine with a picture of Robert Smith that is there for some reason), Fraser all but promises to go back with him. He agrees to meet Ray the next morning at his hotel.

Overnight, he's reminded of his local obligations and realizes how crazy it is to run away with some guy he just met. The next morning, he's practicing what he'll say to Ray, a scrupulously polite and gushingly complimentary speech that ultimately offers his regrets. He gets in his truck to find Ray freezing there; he ran out of money and decided to camp out, but it was more than he bargained for. Fraser climbs into Ray's sleeping bag with him and as Ray warms up, he launches into the middle of a conversation, arguing with Fraser's anticipated "no." (Again, Ray's monologue focuses on Friendship, Companionship, Partnership, etc., in ways that don't really make sense if you're not mentally translating them to "love.") Fraser interrupts him to make plans to leave on the next plane.

Confusing and derivative, maybe, but not bad for a dream!

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12:13 am - Fic: What Happens in Sea City... Part 5/8 [Baby-sitters Club]
Ack! Chapters 13-15 are up. It's not Monday until I go to sleep!

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April 13th, 2013

03:45 pm - First Lines Meme
Here are the first lines from my 21 most recent stories. Since I'm on the slow side, this amounts to over 75% of my entire body of work, covering a period of over five years. It's interesting to look at your stories this way; I usually end up cutting so much "prewriting" and tinkering with the beginning point until so late in the game that I don't end up spending a lot of time crafting the perfect first line, so I didn't remember most of them. I was pleasantly surprised with some of them, while others work better in context.

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03:23 pm - Fic: What Happens in Sea City... Part 4/8 [Baby-sitters Club]
I posted chapters 10-12 of my new Baby-sitters Club fic, What Happens In Sea City... We've reached the halfway mark and it's up to 35,000 words, already more than its predecessor, Byron and the God of California!

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April 12th, 2013

01:40 pm - Fic: What Happens in Sea City... Part 3/8 [Baby-sitters Club]
Chapters 7-9 are up: the first and only chapter narrated by Aunt Cecelia; an actual Byron chapter; and you can finally find out how I'm going to handle that whole "Mallory has a system for roulette" business.

Remember, on Wednesday (the final day of posting) there will be a SPECIAL SURPRISE!

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April 11th, 2013

12:46 pm - Fic: What Happens in Sea City... Part 2/8 [Baby-sitters Club]
Continuing my plan to post 3 chapters a day of my new BSC fic, I've just posted chapters 4-6. We're up to a total of 17,000 words. I'm actually not sure how long it will end up (still doing some tweaks as I post), but at this rate we're looking at about 68,000 words, which I think will make it the longest thing I have ever written.

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April 10th, 2013

03:48 pm - Fic: Babysitter's Club: What Happens in Sea City... Part 1/8
Baby-sitters Club: The Next Generation Super Special #1: What Happens in Sea City... (9975 words) by zelempa
Chapters: 3/24
Fandom: Baby-Sitters Club - Ann M. Martin
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Underage
Relationships: Byron Pike/Jeff Schafer
Characters: Byron Pike, Jeff Schafer, Shea Rodowsky, Jordan Pike, Becca Ramsey, Adam Pike, Mallory Pike, Jessi Ramsey, Nicky Pike, Cecelia Parker
Series: Part 2 of Baby-sitters Club: The Next Generation

This is a very exciting week for me!

Today, I began posting the long-awaited (well, by me: I've been working on it forever) sequel to my most popular fic of all time, the Baby-sitters Club fic Byron and the God of California.

I want to thank Mizz Marvel for beta and encouraging excitement! I also want to thank all of the 200+ (!) people who left kudos or comments on the original fic.

It's a long fic, so I'll post three chapters a day for the next eight days.

One week from today, when I post the last three chapters, I will also reveal a SPECIAL SURPRISE!

So stay tuned!

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April 8th, 2013

11:06 am - Baby-sitters Club book reviews
It appears the Baby-sitters Club book reviews on my site are broken. I'm working on backing them up to goodreads.

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February 10th, 2013

02:39 pm - Charity Stuff Giveaway 2013!
I know I've been gone for, like, a year, and I know I have said this before, BUT I promise I am still plugging away at something for y'all which should be ready in a month or so. In the meantime, I would like to hold another


If you want anything in this list, leave a comment to claim it! PM or email me (zelempa at gmail) your mailing address. I will mail your item(s). I will then discard your address. I'll pay for shipping. All I ask in return is that you donate a small amount - say $5 per item - to one of my charities:

Medecins sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders)
Organization for Transformative Works

Please donate a bit more if you are outside the U.S. as shipping will cost more.

Feel free to claim as many items as you want, and feel free to send your friends this link! Act soon, because I will start donating things to Goodwill around the end of February.

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November 23rd, 2012

07:40 pm - Holiday Cards
I haven't been active much in fandom lately, but that doesn't mean I haven't been doing creative stuff. Just in time for the realization that it's December, I have started an Etsy shop with my usual cohort Yolsaffbridge and made FANTASY THEMED HOLIDAY CARDS! Perfect for the Lord of the Rings or Dungeons & Dragons fan in your life, or somebody you'd like to make into one.

I feel a little strange plugging this project here, since fandom is essentially a money-free zone, but I want to note that all the profits from the shop (after supply & listing costs) will go to charity projects on globalgiving.org. We will decide on a worthy project as soon as we make at least $10.

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