March 19th, 2008

walrus (by sandra strait)

Our new Russian Overlords wouldn't approve...

Happy Birthday to rustybitch

Belated Happy Birthdays to spiralleds, killerweasel (without whom I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the comics about Buffy-C in the World With Scottish Wolves), spikeslovebite, and to dragon_prince.

During my last nights off work I was working simultaneously on the conclusion of ‘Life, Resumed’, the next chapter of ‘Came the Thunder’, and the next chapter of ‘Tabula Avatar’. As a result I didn’t finish anything, other than the ‘Olaf’ crossover ficlet, but I should be able to complete at least one of the above during my next five nights off work. I had hoped to do some writing during the mornings of these shift days but the nights have been so busy that I haven’t had the energy.

On my last night off I needed to look something up from a previous chapter of ‘Tabula Avatar’. I became sidetracked and ended up re-reading a substantial part of the story. As usual I spotted errors that had slipped past unnoticed at the time of first posting; for instance this one, from the party’s first battle against Bodhi & company;

‘A gray humanoid finger lunged at Buffy.’

Obviously that should read ‘figure’. I corrected it, here on LJ, at TtH, and on my website. It just shows that no-one is immune to the curse of the emancipated wolves.

I also made some corrections to those past chapters. It occurred to me that I had never made it clear that the rather erratic functioning of the vampire invite rule in the ‘Tabula Avatar’ universe is intentional and not simply because I was forgetting about it. I’ve inserted some passages, at appropriate points, that show that Spike has noticed the inconsistency too. He has no way, at this time, of knowing the reason behind it (he’s in a computer game, where the central character’s party can always gain access to any building if to do so is necessary to the plot, and the metaphysical laws behind the invite rule are being overridden by the game mechanics) and so I’m not giving that explanation in-story as yet.

I also inserted a passage to clarify the reasons behind Nalia joining the party for occasional missions; this was something requested by a reader, who pointed out that I’d brought her in without explanation, but I can’t remember who and I can’t find the original comment or review. Thanks to that unknown person.

And thanks to the unknown person who has nominated ‘The Hour of the Troll’ in the ‘Best Crossover: Book’ category at the Sunnydale Memorial Fanfiction Awards.