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March 23rd, 2008

This is from a New Yorker article in the May 21 issue, about six months before Mr. Mailer's death. He was 84 at the time, and I found this very moving and somewhat scary given those little gaps I find in my memory at a far younger age.

It's awful-I'm absolutely without detail memory now. I kep referring to one metaphor: an old man who's still steering a course is analogous to the captain of an old freighter that may or may not make it to port. You keep throwing ballast overboard. The the hearing goes. The eyesight. The knees. This goes. That goes. Because what you've also got is the awareness that you're keeping the the boat on course and jettisoning certain ballast is the modus operandi. For a novelist, you really have to retain a memory of how things felt even if you're not reporting them directly. My memory for details of where something took place, when it happened, is very spotty. What I will remember is the emotional tone of a meeting. Facts you can always look up somewhere. If you're writing a novel, you try to keep the navigator going. If it veers off course, you're in trouble. Henry James used to talk about 'the keeping up.' He was referring to Zola. I knew exactly what he meant. On a given day you can lose six months. You try to steer it out of instinct."

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Essay-In Defense of RPS

Thanks to hllangel for the look-over and typo check.



Written in response to this question from drunken_hedghog in the You Pick The Topic Meme

Have you ever encountered an intelligent (or even non-Troll) opponent to
RPF or even fanfiction in general? What were their arguments and how did
you refute them?

On that note, have you ever felt that you had to justify something you've
written? What was it and why?


OH BOY!

This couldn’t possible get controversial, could it?

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Meme a day 2008-Day 83-The Ship Me Meme

Ganked from zekkass

Who would you ship me with? Whether they're an LJ user, fandom character, or even if I don't know them!
Title: Every Little Thing
Genre: Dr. Who/Torchwood RPS
Pairing: John Barrowman/David Tennant (Guest appearance by Captain Jack.)
Rating: NC17
Wordcount: 5590
WARNING: THIS IS RPS. It references significant others, co-stars, managers, family-members, and pets. If you think RPS is bad, icky, disgusting, evil etc-DON'T READ IT.
DISCLAIMER: THIS IS A WORK OF FICTION. I MADE IT UP. IT DIDN'T REALLY HAPPEN.
Thanks once again to beta_goddess who worked on this under trying circumstances. It made the two of us happy and that's what really matters.

Summary: John and David get into hot water.

Previously in my twisted mind. (But you don't have to read either one, if you hate multi-parters as much as I do.)

Interview Day My first John/David fic.

The Morning After - RPF crack!fic featuring a visit from the Captain.


And now for your reading pleasure:

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