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Shug
23 October 2014 @ 09:47 pm
Hello, hello! Hope everyone is doing well. I am pretty much recovered from surgery now, though not quite back to 100%. My neck is still stiff--though that is from wearing the brace for so long--but it's getting better every day. Still no pain, though, so overall I'm still feeling so much better than pre-surgery. Yay! Thank you so much for all the well-wishes. They were greatly appreciated.

So. I'm working on the next chapter of a certain story--yes, really--and this evening I've had an epiphany as to what has taken me so long to post it. You see, the chapter has been pretty much complete for a long time--I'm talking a few years--and yet I've kept telling myself it wasn't ready. And my being unhappy with the chapter has kept me from moving forward with the story. Tonight, as I was reading through it for the millionth time, I suddenly realized my problem, and I think I've worked it through. There is a certain scene that serves two purposes. One purpose worked out great, but the other one was kind of bugging me because I worried it was sort of too cliche. But tonight I reminded myself why it's written that way, and it's okay. I think I'm thisclose to letting go of the chapter and posting it. Just a bit of cleaning up and it will be done.

Which means the posting of the next chapter is imminent.

Really.

I swear.

Okay, don't believe me, but I really think so.

Maybe.

I hope.

*knocks on wood*

After so many years, I'll be honest and say I'm utterly terrified.

Ack.
 
 
Shug
06 June 2014 @ 08:52 am
I got a lovely surprise in my e-mail this morning. Bewitchments and Charmes, an Dramione one-shot I wrote a loooong time ago, is a featured story on The Petulant Poetess for June and July. I love that little story, and it's never gotten much love, so I'm tickled pink!




In other news, I had surgery four and a half weeks ago to finally deal with my cervical spinal stenosis. Recovery is long and slow, but it's progressing nicely. I feel pretty good overall, and I'm looking forward to life without pain and numbness--once I get this awful neck brace off. lol
 
 
 
Shug
22 May 2013 @ 10:37 am
WOW. Just read this press release from Amazon. They have established Kindle Worlds, where they will be selling fanfic for certain television fandoms, including Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and Vampire Diaries, with more coming soon.

*blinks*

Yes, they have received permission to do this. Amazon will be paying royalties to both the rights holder of the "World" and the fanfic author.

My mind is whirling with the possible effects this could have on those fandoms, not to mention other fandoms whose members may retrofit their stories to fit in with one of these in order to make some cash for their fanfic.

35% royalties for fanfic.

Whoa. This could be a game-changer.

ETA: Well, maybe not. Apparently if the rights holder thinks something in a story is good enough, they can include it in an episode and the author will get nothing. They can change anything they like. Basically, once the author uploads it, they have no more rights over their story. They get the 35% royalties, yes, but that's it. Also, when you look at the rules/regulations they're implementing, I can't imagine they'll see the traffic they're hoping for. No smut allowed. Hmm ...

Add that to concerns about people stealing people's stuff and uploading it as their own, and I have to wonder if Amazon realizes the trouble they've just bought. I foresee lots o' wank in the future! *begins popping the popcorn now*
 
 
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Shug
15 March 2013 @ 01:59 pm
Very interesting post. The comments and links ... yikes. Scary stuff.

http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/2013/03/13/publishers-behaving-badly-part-ive-lost-count/


He also links to another of his posts that is equally fascinating. This one is about self-publishing scams.

http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/2013/02/19/penguins-solution-for-authors-one-racket-to-rule-them-all/


Just thought I'd share. :)
 
 
Shug
10 February 2013 @ 09:09 pm
Oh happy day! A new story from subversa and an update for Pet Project by Caeria??

What a happy fangirl I am!
 
 
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Shug
02 February 2013 @ 01:37 am
Just spent the last ... *counts* ... five hours or so reading through my LJ from start to finish. Not every post, but the ones that stood out. It just reminded me of how much I adore my f-list.

And I miss you.
 
 
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Shug
08 January 2013 @ 08:37 pm
Have you seen it? My SSHG Exchange gift is here, and it is ah-maaaazing. I am just thrilled to pieces about it. And it is a shameless bribe. Is that a Slytherin or what? LOL Love it! And I must say, that is definitely some powerful incentive there. I have some free time coming up in a few weeks--I have a feeling a certain story may be getting dusted off very soon. I want that quilt! *grins*

Reading through the comments, I was also completely overwhelmed by the love people still have for BtSaS, despite the super long hiatus. I was seriously considering pulling it a few months back, not knowing if I would ever find inspiration for it again.

Inspiration found.

Thank you. Seriously. Just ... thank you.
 
 
Shug
21 July 2012 @ 12:16 pm
ShugHub went to the GoodWill store in the ritzy part of town today to look around and see what they had. He came home with a first edition Chamber of Secrets, the UK edition.

He loves me.

:D