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I signed up for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide and am more or less expecting to be assigned a recipient who wants something re: a particular Japanese TV show, which would be absolutely fine by me, since I was toying with writing something for/about it even before it occurred to me that [livejournal.com profile] yuletide might possibly provide some much-needed external pressure that would push/shame me into producing something semi-concrete instead of merely telling stories in my head. It doesn't really matter what I'm assigned, however - I just like writing for challenges. This is my first time with this particular challenge, and I'm excited (as I always am with challenges) and also fairly confident that I will have some sort of last-minute existential crisis that will have everyone but me believing that I am going to bail. I never bail.*

I know this happens with all challenges - certainly with my beloved remix - but for some reason I'm really noticing and being somewhat boggled by various posts I see scattered about wherein yuletide participants are fretting about what stories they will receive. No doubt my motivations are less generous and more diva when I say that I care much more about what I give in a challenge than what I will be getting, but still...is it really all about the getting and not the opportunity to do? Building up a lot of expectations about any gift--especially one that will probably be from a complete stranger--seems like a virtual guarantee of disappointment.

There's a new BL/yaoi publisher looking for submissions for a BL fantasy anthology and I'm fiddling around with a story for that, as well. I don't like to read most fantasy books (never as thrilled with other people's made-up worlds as I am with my own), but I've got plenty of ideas and this is a good excuse to write one down (see above: re storytelling in head).

And since a post from me seems to mean either a piece of fiction or a dead animal, I must report that the male parakeet, Berry, has been put out of his giant-tumor-related misery. However, we seem to have inadvertantly adopted a second dog. Mr. Jones is mostly displeased about this turn of events, but I think he'll come around.

Has anyone read Gordon Dahlquist's The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters? I'm writing a little coda to it (and who knows when I'll finish it), and I'm curious if anyone besides me has any familiarity with the source. V. enjoyable book, btw.

*Okay, I did bail on a challenge, sort of, right after I had to put my dog to sleep. I did finish and post the story in the next few days, but I technically didn't meet the challenge, although I think dog-death makes my noncompliance somewhat forgiveable. Also, I am always late with my remix submission. I'd offer to do some sort of penance, but the likelihood is that I'd just blow another deadline in the process.

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