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Hi.

Since I just got a whole bunch (well, five or six) of those "you have been friended" notifications, I figure it might be a good idea to say howdy. So....

Howdy.

I'm Brat. I write, mostly. Some original stuff, some SGA stuff, various fusions/retellings of Greek myths and antique stories. My current project is writing stuff based in a world where magic is simply another branch of science. At the moment, a lot of what I write is about John Sheppard from SGA, for some reason. I'm somewhat obsessed with putting things in order, so every now and then I'll go through and reorganize all my tags and stuff.

I'm fond of fountain pens, bubbles, and things that spin. I tend to be a stickler for proper grammar and spelling and accurate (or at least interesting) characterization. Sometimes I take photographs. I only friend people I'm already friends with.

Feel free to say howdy back. ^_^
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Hi! I friended you because I read your John wingfic and then your corbel & squinch stories and wanted to be notified when you wrote new stuff in that universe. I really like your stories. They are well written. I also really like that Ian goes to church on Sunday. It is rare to find a positive mention of Christianity in fan-fic.

You wrote that you read Josephine Tey, do you also read Dorothy Sayers?

I eagerly await any new C&G fic you write. I really enjoy technological fantasy. If I have to read one more pseudo-medieval fantasy I think I'll scream.
It is rare to find a positive mention of Christianity in fan-fic.

Yeah, I've noticed that too, which is a frustration - I'm Christian, so most of the characterizations of Christians in fanfic (and much fiction in general) has me either cringing or indignant.

It's hard to write about, though, so I tend to sort of write around it, letting it provide a center without being the focus of the story. (I hope that makes sense.)

If I have to read one more pseudo-medieval fantasy I think I'll scream.

Ditto. After a while they all sound exactly the same.

do you also read Dorothy Sayers?

I have all of her Peter Wimsey books, so most definitely yes. ^_^
Another reason I hate pseudo-medieval fantasies is the fact that they don't realize how useful modern technology is.
Yup. There's nothing particularly pleasant about having no books, electric lighting, baseboard heat, or indoor plumbing. Or any other of many hundred things. (Internet and email, anyone?)

The fun part of writing a world with magic and technology is trying to figure out how the existence of one would affect the development of the other.
I think of modern medicine myself. I have to take more than a dozen pills a day to treat my medical conditions. My mom survived cancer for 25 years due to modern medicine.

Let us not forget modern sanitation. This has prevented many plagues that occur due to contaminated water. Even today there countries in the world that don't have clean water and subsequent plagues dues to its lack.

people died of what today are small things. A cut finger could become gangrenous and you could lose your hand or even your life if the gangrene was too advanced.

Infant mortality was very high.

Sorry for rambling on so long but really....!
I tend to ramble on a bit myself, so please - feel free to do so.

And yes, medicine has come so very far since then. In part because of all the technology that allows us to do things that simply can't be done by hand and in the candlelight.

Funny how infant mortality rarely rates mention in the stories, isn't it? Or anything that doesn't suit the purposes of the plot.
Howdy! (Makes me feel like a Texan. Oh wait, I am.)

I think I mentioned that I found you through pentapus, but even then, I don't usually friend people just like that unless they're really amazing. I particularly enjoy your wings!AU, not just because it's beautiful, but because it's so refreshing and original and creative and not John/Rodney (because I love John/Rodney, but seriously, it's everywhere). Erm. You're cool?
Yes I live in Plano. There's a DFW sf group called ORAC if you're interested. we're holding the sept. meeting at my house in Plano.
I'm cool! ^_^

And seriously - 'beautiful', 'refreshing', 'original' and 'creative' are just about the nicest compliments you could have picked for me. Because yes, it does seem like there's an awful lot of the same sort of story being told over and over, and I'm trying to do something a bit different. It's always nice to hear I'm succeeding.
You are very much cool! PS: I hope you don't mind that I recced "Wild Nest" over at my journal!

And you're right about that--I mean, there are so many brilliant stories, and moving stories, and stories that make you break down and cry, but 90% of the time they're just variations on the death/angst/UST!fic. Gah!
Rec away!

90% of the time they're just variations on the death/angst/UST!fic.

And there's so much more to life than that - it's a shame people don't take the opportunity to explore it with their writing. Especially if they're writing about science fiction, as with SGA - surprisingly few make use of the huge number of possibilities except as a way to get John and Rodney in bed together. *sigh* It's disappointing.
Zomg please tell me you have read Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell? I absolutely adore magic treated as a discipline instead of a plot device - one reason I loved your Corbel and Squinch stuff so freakin' much. As much as I enjoy the Potter books, the magic in there is waaaaaay too unorganized for my tastes (and it's a book that takes place in a school, for shame).

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell is pure deliciousness. If you haven't read it I own it and you will read it! The book made me spend a happy few hours thinking of how St John's would incorporate the study of magic into the Program and I ended up really wanting to write a short story where magic was a part of the Program.
I love 'Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell' and was bitterly disappointed when I learned that my public library had only the audio version of the author's latest book. So I may borrow your copy at some point if you bring it to school with you.

Hm. I really should get my own copy at some point.

It's definitely a (vague) influence on C&S - probably more so than really any other book I can think of off hand. Part of what I love about it, in addition to the whole discipline vs. plot device usage, is the juxtaposition of the utterly mundane with the surreal and magical.

And all the beautifully drawn characters. Fantasy seems to really struggle with producing unique characters.

I ended up really wanting to write a short story where magic was a part of the Program.

Me too! But I couldn't come up with an actual story, so it sort of morphed into C&S, which I really need to edit into a coherent story with an ending of some kind. Because I want to write other stories following it, and its incompleteness makes that a little hard at the moment.

Hm. (Yet another) Project for my spare time at school.
I listened to JS&MrN this summer on cd read by my favorite reader, Simon Prebble, and it was 26 hours long and utterly delightful. My supervisor this summer was very fussy, particular, and not good with people just like Mr Norrell, so I felt rather like Mr Strange whenever she would teach me things. It was fun ^_^

I couldn't really figure out a plot for a "magic in the Program" story either, except that I considered setting it in the late 1930s to late 1940s when Barr and Buchanan were still hammering out what exactly the Program was about. The only problem was trying to figure out how exactly magic should be like and how to come up with a magical history and tradition complex enough to be a part of the Program - it would be really easy to borrow Ms Clarke's universe, but I don't know how much I want to rely on her work. Zomg, thinking about it again I really want to write this AU!
If you do, I'd be thrilled to proofread/edit/squee over it. Or help you come up with a systematized version of magic, sort of like what Lavoisier did with chemistry. Anything I can do to help, because I desperately want to read this story!
What if Lavoisier worked with magic instead of chemistry? Or something? Oh gosh, there are too many good ideas! I have no idea where to start, I confess, and that at least in part is what's keeping me from starting this story. Perhaps I should read more of your Corbel & Squinch stuff to see how magic works in that world and how you describe it.

I can see Jacob Klein arriving at St John's in 1937 and investigating the library's collection of books of magic, or Stringfellow Barr being suspicious of magic and not wanting to allow it to be taught in seminar (like how Music wasn't originally quite part of the Program; Barr also didn't want women attending St John's). Heh, how about a young Eva Brann teaching a Sophomore Magic class? I think they used to teach Latin Sophomore year, so it would fit fell... a study of the history and construction of magical theory and a Practicum once a week to recreate the great magical experiments and spells of history. I have a suspicion magic would take much more study and concentration if it were a part of a Program than in, say, the Potterverse.

My ideas a escaping much faster than I can type. Help! Where do I begin?!
Possible starting places
Barr and Buchanan trying to put the program together - disagreeing with each other on the subject of teaching magic, but needing to present a united front to the people who're running things.

The difficulties of teaching magic theory, etc., while not being an adept in it (and I need to write up an entry on how magic and magic usage works - will try to do that this weekend, since I've been putting it off for months), on top of trying to adapt to a completely new philosophy and style of education.

It might be fun to begin with an outsider's POV - a prospective tutor, perhaps, observing classes.

A descriptive list of the various magic-related pranks and disasters that have happened on campus.

Some bizarre new law or theory or something developed by one of the sophomore magic classes, and the process of developing it.


...I could go on a bit, but I'll stop there for the moment. Mostly, I'd start by starting - begin writing, and just see what happens.