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My cat, a feral cat who adopted me almost a year ago, has become so entangled in my life that, now that winter has arrived in force, makes me feel guilty that I don't have the magical powers she ascribes to me. Now, whenever she wants outside, and I open the door for her, she sits in front of the door and looks up at me, clearly disappointed that I have not opened the door into summer for her.


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And so we find our characters celebrating Midsummer. Well, celebrating may be too strong a word....

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An encounter with Fred and Aribeth, somewhere on the road to Neverwinter.

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Traveling can be such an interesting experience.


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This part is rated T, for the terrible things that happen to Aribeth. As you may recall, at the end of the last chapter, Aribeth was having flashbacks, and had been encouraged to talk about what happened to her in the Underdark to cause those flashbacks. This is what happened in the Underdark, as seen by both Aribeth and Fred.

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Author's Warning: This chapter is rated T, for frank expression of opinions that are likely to cheese off the average mundane American. If you don't want to expose yourself to controversial opinions on government education, religion, and society, you may want to skip this chapter.

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Author's Notes:
Black Widows in the Privy is the property of Leslie Fish. She wrote it, she deserves the credit for it. If you ever find a tape or CD of her stuff, buy it. You won't regret it.

The Monster's Carol (also known as "Clerics Roasting on an Open Fire") was my entry in the 1993 Killer Frog contest, run by Scavenger's Newsletter. Sadly, Scav seems to have gone out of business a while back - or, at least, I can't find any links to them any more. In any case, I won an honorable mention with it, and now I'm happy to share the lyrics, as long as you mention where you got them. The music, on the other hand, was written by Bob Wells in 1944 (Mel Torme wrote the original lyrics).

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The Story Continues... )
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I just saw The Killer Within, a documentary about Bob Bechtel, the man who was bullied until he snapped and shot a dorm mate in 1955.

As I watched the documentary, I found myself becoming disgusted - not with Mr. Bechtel, but with many of the other people in the documentary. Mr. Bechtel, at least, faced what he did, paid what the standards of the time considered to be an appropriate penalty for his crime, and has done something good with his life. The other people in the documentary, on the other hand, refused to accept any responsibility for their parts in the tragedy, and spent their entire time on camera trying to convince the filmmakers that Mr. Bechtel was a monster and that he should not be taken seriously, no matter what he has to say, on any subject.

Even those who were involved in bullying him, after admitting to committing some of the acts he had described as examples of the bullying he endured, refused to admit that what they did constituted bullying. What kind of low-life scum are they?

I am disgusted.

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If you don't have a problem with posting your personal secrets for all the world to see, any IM client will do. They'll all happily send your messages over the net without any security whatsoever, and anyone with a packet sniffer can read them.

On the other hand, if you prefer privacy (like I do), I highly recommend OTR (Off-the-Record Messaging), which comes built into Adium, and is available as a plugin for Pidgin and Miranda, and available as a localhost proxy for any client that transmits AIM messages. OTR gives you the best security you can get for instant messages, and even if your key is compromised, your old messages are STILL secret.

MY IM client is set up to request OTR connections by default. I recommend you do the same.
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Title: Not Quite Marty-Stu (Chapter 7: Welcome to my Nightmare)
author: Bill Hartwell
rating: teens
fandom: Harry Potter
characters/pairings: Harry/Ginny, Bill & Fleur Weasley
disclaimer: If you recognize it, and it’s not from Knights in Tarnished Armor, it’s not mine.
author’s note: Don't you just hate dreams?
word count: 3956

Story Time )
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To make it easier to find stories that are in progress, I'm posting them on fanfiction.net, at least until I've put together copies on my own web site. So far, the links are:

Through a Glass, Darkly

and

Not Quite Marty-Stu
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title: Through a Glass, Darkly (Chapter Four: Breakfast and Planning)


author: Bill Hartwell
rating: teens
fandom: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon, Aa! MegamiSama!
characters/pairings: Usagi/Mamoru, Rei/Makoto, Ami/Fred
disclaimer: If you recognize it, and it’s not from Knights in Tarnished Armor, it’s not mine.
author’s note: I know it's taking a while on this, but after the last chapter, I had to take a break to mentally regroup.
word count: 5,000

Story Time )
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The SFWA has just shot itself in the foot, again, by fraudulently using the DMCA to demand that Scribd remove all mentions of Asimov and Silverberg from its site. This includes bibliographies of influential science fiction writers, essays about various authors or novels, the back catalog of the magazine Ray Gun Revival, and works by authors who specifically instructed the SFWA that it was not authorized to speak on their behalf.

What gets me is, Andrew Burt is (or, at least, used to be) an active member of Baen's Bar, so you'd think he would know better than to pull a stunt like this, but apparently this is just par for the course for the SFWA over the last few years. More details of this stunt, as well as a discussion of the fallout from it and past SFWA blunders, can be found in an editorial by Cory Doctorow, here.

The more I learn about the SFWA, the less inclined I am to pay for a membership, in the unlikely event I ever make the membership requirements.
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title: Through a Glass, Darkly (Chapter Three: Terror and Tenderness)
author: Bill Hartwell
rating: teens
fandom: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon, Aa! MegamiSama!
characters/pairings: Usagi/Mamoru, Rei/Makoto, Ami/Fred
disclaimer: If you recognize it, and it’s not from Knights in Tarnished Armor, it’s not mine.
author’s note: What Ami sees and hears in Fred's memories are not made up for this story. They actually happened, and what his ex-wife says in his memories are as close to an exact quote as it is possible to remember after ten years.
Some people might disagree with my rating of this chapter. Tough! They probably disagree with the existence of sexual information in their school nurse's office, or the number of the local suicide hotline being posted in their school counselor's office, too.
word count: 5383

Story Time )

Beautiful Music

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007 00:04
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Thanks to Freefall, I've been turned on to the absolute best recording of Bach's Toccata & Fugue in D Minor that I have ever heard. Performed by Frederik Magle on the pipe organ in Riga Cathedral, it is lush, beautiful, simply a joy to listen to. Mr. Magle has made it available for free download, here. If you love music, do yourself a favor and get this recording.

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