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Happy birthday to merfilly and belated happy birthday to sistercuervo


Yay! Lewis is on pole! It's a pity that the wrong person won the Ladies' tennis, but one can't have everything.

Yesterday I spent a couple of hours listening to Turkish pop music! I also went to the dentists and, frankly, the dental visit was the more pleasant of the two experiences. My musical masochism was research for Access All Areas. It is, however, highly unlikely that any of it will actually crop up in the story. I also spent ages working out what music Anna liked when she was fifteen (Alizée, if anyone is interested). Again, the chance of making use of that knowledge within the story is minimal.

I do this sort of thing all the time. Layer upon layer of detail. And then I don’t use it because the plot would be buried. Is it worth it? I have no idea. I tend to work on the principle that it’s better to have something, and not need it, than to need something and not have it. And the end results seem to be satisfactory.

I’ve been dotting around between stories in the past couple of days. A thousand words of ‘Tabula Avatar’, a thousand of ‘Dojo Hard’, and a thousand of ‘Access All Areas’. I have no idea which will appear as a complete chapter first.

Is the entire line-up for the Live 8 concert utter crap or am I just being very unlucky in when I choose to switch over to that channel?

Buffyworld.com is gone! Crap! That's going to make things more difficult for me in the future.

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Current Music: Alizée, "J'en ai marre!"

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kallysten From: kallysten Date: July 7th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
(Alizée, if anyone is interested)

*shudders*
:P
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 8th, 2007 03:05 am (UTC) (Link)
More realistic to give a fifteen-year-old girl lousy taste in music, I think. It improves by the time of the actual story, when she's in her early 20s.
elisi From: elisi Date: July 7th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Buffyworld.com is gone! Crap! That's going to make things more difficult for me in the future.
I just realised that too! What happened? *cries* Anyway, this place is quite good, although it does have white-on-black...
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 8th, 2007 03:07 am (UTC) (Link)
I think they have failed to renew the domain name or the hosting.

Thanks!
quinara From: quinara Date: July 7th, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Buffyworld.com is gone! Crap! That's going to make things more difficult for me in the future.

*hyperventilates xlots*

Is it definitely gone, or just down presumed gone? Eep. It and Screencap Paradise are what I use to jump between episodes in my head when writing fic... now it's going to take so much more time! And episodes aren't searchable for lines!!

Ahh!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 7th, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
It says:
This is the Plesk™ default page
If you see this page it means:
1) hosting for this domain is not configured
or
2) there's no such domain registered in Plesk.
For more information please contact @adminemail@.


I suspect that means that the hosting and/or domain name hasn't been renewed and that it's gone for good.
quinara From: quinara Date: July 7th, 2007 11:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh... I just got the standard 'server not found' error message from Firefox. I lived in hope. :(

*iz saddened*
agilebrit From: agilebrit Date: July 7th, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
AUGH! But why is the rum BuffyWorld gone? Nooooo...
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 8th, 2007 03:07 am (UTC) (Link)
I think they've probably not renewed the domain name or the hosting.
pfeifferpack From: pfeifferpack Date: July 7th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Tee hee the research habit! I do the same thing. I'll research for days and read through reams of information, tons of photos, lots of music, whatever only for one or two throw away lines! Good thing I like research I suppose.

I am enjoying Tabula Avatar now that I am getting a little time in the week to actually read! I didn't know if I'd understand it as I am useless in RPG understanding but you have painted a vivid world that I can quite follow without knowing how it all works.

As for Access all Areas....love that one as well. The two of you make a great team in writing that story (I can see your parts in there so easily!).

Buffyworld.com is gone? Damn! I hate resources drying up!

Kathleen
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 9th, 2007 11:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! Glad you're enjoying Tabula Avatar and Access All Areas.

Buffyworld.com now redirects to an e-bay page offering BtVS/AtS dailies for sale.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 9th, 2007 12:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll research for days and read through reams of information, tons of photos, lots of music, whatever only for one or two throw away lines

Like the escape of Chunee the Elephant in 'What You Wished For'.
pfeifferpack From: pfeifferpack Date: July 9th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup, that's a great example! I spent a day burried in Victorian news items! LOL

I find myself with another of your quirks that so far hasn't resulted in any stories.....the build up to a pun! I was thinking just yesterday that "Speaker should write a STTNG fic to work in the line, 'hoist by his own Picard!'" So far I haven't indulged *G*.

Kathleen
bogwitch From: bogwitch Date: July 7th, 2007 07:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
These details might not matter to the story, but they matter to your knowledge of the character.

I once sent a letter to Marjorie Proops on behalf of a character once (I got a reply!).
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 9th, 2007 11:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Dear Marj

My girlfriend is an ancient goddess with tentacles...?

By the way, I don't think that you've been reading 'Dojo Hard', which I have now finished. I thought that you might like to know that it features quite a lot of tentacles in the later chapters.
bogwitch From: bogwitch Date: July 10th, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I started it, but got a bit lost after a couple of chapters. Now you've finished it, I'll have to get back to it.
jedibuttercup From: jedibuttercup Date: July 7th, 2007 07:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Buffyworld is gone? Crap, that's my major transcript research site for B:tVS and Angel. I was just there a couple weeks ago to read up on Kendra.

I hope it's just temporary. Otherwise, finding a replacement is going to be a real pain.
enigmaticblues From: enigmaticblues Date: July 7th, 2007 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry to butt in, but I've always gone to http://www.buffy-vs-angel.com/guide.shtml That's the link to the Buffy transcripts, but you can find the AtS transcripts under the Angel Multimedia link.
jedibuttercup From: jedibuttercup Date: July 10th, 2007 02:49 am (UTC) (Link)
*grimace*

Hate, hate, hate the color scheme and the ads, but at leaast the transcripts do still exist. Thank you.
enigmaticblues From: enigmaticblues Date: July 10th, 2007 03:08 am (UTC) (Link)
No problem. As they say, beggars can't be choosers.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 9th, 2007 12:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Buffyworld site now redirects to an e-bay page selling BtVS dailies. It's gone for good.
jedibuttercup From: jedibuttercup Date: July 10th, 2007 02:50 am (UTC) (Link)
D'oh. But I guess that's the way of things online-- a lot more transient than hardcopy, and when it's gone, it's gone.

*obsessively backs up stories*
enigmaticblues From: enigmaticblues Date: July 7th, 2007 07:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I do the same thing with my OC's. I always have more information about them than ever makes it into the story, but I think it makes them more real, and more 3-D.

Do you know about http://www.buffy-vs-angel.com/guide.shtml ? It does have all the transcripts, and episode summaries. Possibly not as good as Buffyworld, but it's got what I typically need.
ayinhara From: ayinhara Date: July 7th, 2007 11:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the info, J.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 9th, 2007 12:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Buffyworld not only had transcripts but loads of screencaps.
enigmaticblues From: enigmaticblues Date: July 9th, 2007 12:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, but at least there's somewhere to go for transcripts. http://www.screencap-paradise.com/ has both Buffy and Angel caps, although I know it's a pain to have to go to two places.
hesadevil From: hesadevil Date: July 7th, 2007 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I do this sort of thing all the time. Layer upon layer of detail. And then I don’t use it because the plot would be buried. Is it worth it?
If you don't find out all that you can, how will you know what not to use? All research is worth it,if only for its own sake. Sometimes, if you're lucky, you'll find a use for it when you least expect to do so.

I use the Buffyverse Dialogue Database for dialogue and All things Philosphical on BtVS and AtS for themes and suchlike.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 9th, 2007 12:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Dialogue Database is very useful, with its very nice Search facility, but it can't be trusted totally. There are some scenes that are missing from it altogether.
hesadevil From: hesadevil Date: July 9th, 2007 04:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I tend to use it to check on a quote that I want to misuse. Most of them are there. petzipellepingo posted a link to the shooting scripts which are still available at 'Unreliable Narrator'.
julia_here From: julia_here Date: July 7th, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Wikipedia entry on BtVS is useful for some things- stuff like the names of demons, which I forget easily.

II've been wearing out GoogleEarth and my Delorme Washington State Road atlas for the current story (which is back to long chapters, but alas only every other day, since Matthew and I are both beset by mere reality) as well as Google Images for illustrations and Icons; when I was writing "Rose" I' had every book on sailing in the local library cooperative checked out, one time or another... it's really easy for me to be knocked entirely out of a story by a piece of bad information. This makes some fandoms- The Sentinel, most notably- virtual minefields, as they're full of places that my academic and personal experience can get pinged and a story be killed dead by a badly selected plot device.

Julia, probably perfectionist to a big fat fault.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 9th, 2007 12:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have all the Watchers' Guides and the BtVS Role-Playing Game sourcebooks for demon names etc - but they, being paper, are not searchable.
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