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Amy R. ([personal profile] brightknightie) wrote2008-09-28 11:57 pm

I'm Back

I've been away from here for a few weeks, pouring all my hobby time into my [livejournal.com profile] oldschoolfic ficathon entry.  (I finally finished the first draft at sunset on Saturday -- due Tuesday -- and hustled it off to my kind beta-readers, who have not yet hit me over the head for giving them no turn-around time whatsoever on a ~7,000-word Nick-vehicle.)  I have popped back through my F-List for the past two weeks, but if I missed anything significant, please do drop in here and point me the right direction.

Now that the story exists outside my brain, I can get back to other things that deserved better than to be put off.  I get to beta-read for a wonderful FK author!  I have a zine to ship to an FK reader.  I need to rustle up October's fanfiction recommendation.  I must read the FK nominees in the [livejournal.com profile] forsaken_fandom awards, so I can vote before the October 13 deadline.  I must decide whether I dare try the [livejournal.com profile] galpalficathon event, with its November 16 deadline.  And 101 other worthy FK projects...

This week was Banned Books Week in the US, an annual celebration of books people have historically tried to ban, and a defiance of those who would ever limit access to books.  Is Lacroix's arson of the archive in "1966" his most purely evil act actually shown on screen?  It's in the running, anyway.

[identity profile] endcredits.livejournal.com 2008-09-29 05:11 pm (UTC)(link)
[livejournal.com profile] oldschoolfic looks awesome - I'll definitely keep an eye on it, and I'll be looking forward to your Nick piece.

Is Lacroix's arson of the archive in "1966" his most purely evil act actually shown on screen? It's in the running, anyway.

It probably makes me cringe more than almost anything he's done, and not just for poor Nick's sake. I'm, er, not sure what that says about my priorities!

[identity profile] brightknightie.livejournal.com 2008-09-30 04:07 am (UTC)(link)
>"I'll be looking forward to your Nick piece."

Thank you very much! And [livejournal.com profile] abby82 took an FK prompt, too, so we'll all have new FK to read.

For mine, I wish I had a month or so to rewrite -- instead of just Monday night -- after hearing the insights of my beta readers. But I don't want to default on the event. Perhaps I will overhaul it before I bring it home to fkfic-l... or perhaps I'll just feel less angsty tomorrow.

>"It probably makes me cringe more than almost anything he's done, and not just for poor Nick's sake. I'm, er, not sure what that says about my priorities!"

The Abarat -- never happy with any spelling on that one; Abbarratt? -- could have helped Nick, but he couldn't have used it up. Infinitely renewable, books. So the arson was an attack on Nick spilling over onto uncounted additional victims who never got to read all those books. Sounds like sound priorities to me! :-)

[identity profile] greerwatson.livejournal.com 2008-10-01 03:49 pm (UTC)(link)
"So the arson was an attack on Nick spilling over onto uncounted additional victims who never got to read all those books."

Oh far worse.

First, let me correct you on one thing: it was not so much an attack on Nick as a punishment: LaCroix clearly waited until Nick was actually there to see before he tossed the book into the inferno.

But then there's the inferno itself.

I could understand LaCroix's actions the better if the State Archive were full of books containing vampire cures, or something like that—for I can see LaCroix determined to prevent any vampire regaining humanity, not just Nick. He is so vehemently "pro" the vampire condition.

But, as Nick's search of the collection made quite clear, most of the books in the Archive had nothing whatsoever to do with vampires. And, although there may have been many copies elsewhere of the books that were in the stacks upstairs, the documents in the uncatalogued piles in the basement probably included much that was rare, if not unique. Burning them is the destruction of knowledge—a minor equivalent to burning the library at Alexandria.

He may have been born a Roman, but LaCroix behaved like a true barbarian that day.