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Jan. 3rd, 2016

Professor looks up from his writting

GRRM's Update on Winds of Winter

As the multitude of GRRM's fans of his epic ASOIAF saga, received an update on the status of the next installment, I wanted to share my viewpoint on this issue. First and foremost, I support the author's right to put whatever time he feels is necessary to produce the story he desires to tell. As Martin has said so often, in the future the story will not be judged by the time it took to write, or the time between installments. Martin is writing the masterpiece of his career, and owes the public nothing in order to sate their impatience. Of course, all of this has been said before many times.

What I want to add is the value that the fandom has due to the length of time between books. Once the series is complete, new readers will be able to whiz through the entire series without having to ponder the multitude of mysteries throughout. This provides a unique experience for those of us reading as the series is being written.

I am always amazed by the depth and variety in the ASOIAF fandom. I especially love reading the numerous blogs that delve into the layers of the saga, bringing outside knowledge to add insight to the saga and speculation to the various mysteries in the ASOIAF universe. If the fandom did not have these wait times between each book, much of this creative speculation would never be developed. I believe the ASOIAF fandom should think about, and appreciate, the value that our diverse membership adds to the experience we are living through, as we wait for Martin to finish his masterpiece in the manner that he deserves to.

Jan. 29th, 2015

Hermione presents Severus with gift

Happy, Happy Birthday!

Best Birthday wishes to akemi42. You are a leader in fandom and someone who always made me feel welcome.

Jan. 28th, 2015

Hermione presents Severus with gift

Happy Birthday to Droxy

Best Birthday Wishes to droxy. I hope you had a wonderful day and a better evening!

Sep. 9th, 2014

Professor looks up from his writting


I have been out of touch with the SSHG community for quite a while now. Recently, I have found myself in the mood for some good old SSHG fan fiction.

I would be most grateful if anyone can supply me with recs for SSHG Fics that have been written and posted in the past couple of years?

Oct. 14th, 2012

Professor looks up from his writting

Casual Vacancy

Just finished Casual Vacancy. I hadn't been sure I wanted to read it after getting a sneak peak through I-tunes at the first 50 pages and hearing others impressions. Then I got lent a copy of the audio book. Because I listen to so much audio as I go through my day to day routine, it seems easier to do and not such a commitment of time that sitting down with a book does.

Well my initial reluctance had a lot to do with the level of pettiness and self-absorption of the characters. And yes that was there in spades. But as I got further on and got to know the characters better it seemed that many times the motivations of one another were misunderstood and the interconnectedness of how ones actions affected another was what came across. There are obviously some very unpleasant characters and some who were deeply ill or disturbed. I think Rowling did a good job showing the thoughts and motivations of her characters.

In the end I can say that I was moved by this story, especially for Crystal, little Robbie and their mother Terri. I doubt I'll feel the desire to revisit Pagford, as I did Hogwarts. And I will look with interest on what Rowling decide to write next.

Sep. 3rd, 2012

HPB Potterpuff Icon by Hewtab, blackeyedlily


I know I'm terribly behInd on posting to LJ, although I think of everyone so very often. Just wanted to let people know that I've been reading a lot of Sherlock Holmes lately. No, I don't mean Sherlock fanfic, but the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Yes, I've been inspired by the BBC Sherlock series, which I love. All the Conan Doyle works are available free for downloading.

Plus I found a great little app for under five dollars which has a library of thousands of classic books in audio format, and Sherlock HIlmes is included.

This is my first journal entry using my I-Phone.

Jul. 26th, 2012

HPB Potterpuff Icon by Hewtab, blackeyedlily

50th Birthday

I've got the big 50 coming up next week. Boy have my aches and pains increased this past month or so. Actually I expect that's due to a medication change. I'm going to see my doctor and then go for a massage this afternoon.

I suspect my family of planning an event for me this weekend, prior to my birthday. I've been dropping hints of wanting a party for my big 50 for about two years. We shall see and I'll let you all know.

Jul. 12th, 2012

Ascendio 2012

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Will be driving to Ascendio in Orlando early this afternoon. Can't wait to see everyone!

Jun. 24th, 2012

Ascendio 2012

Here I come Ascendio!

Well, I decided I just couldn't pass up on getting a chance to see some fandom friends when they are so close to home. So I'll be attending Acendio - arriving Thursday, July 12 and leaving Sunday, July 15 and staying at the Portofino. I've had the privilege of staying at the Portofino with family before. It is very nice! I can't wait to see fellow Snapefen, especially at whatever meet-up the Snapecasters are planning.
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Best Birthday Wishes to Lariope!

Happy Birthday to one who has given me many hours of joy reading her Snapely stories. I hope your birthday is filled with many hours of joy as well!

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