The bad: I read (courtesy of a good Friend, no way would I pay for it) Buffy Season 8 issue 13. As usual it filled me with an intense hatred of Buffy. This does make it rather difficult for me to get on with writing Buffy-centric stories. It didn’t even contain any useful plot hooks for Giant!Dawn crackfic. Really the whole thing was crackfic, or even badfic, and it’s very hard to parody utter drivel.
The ugly: In order to cure my Buffy-hatred I went to Just Rewards and read some classic Spuffy fics. Unfortunately I’d had a reading spree recently in which I’d re-read all of Enigmatic Blue’s, Barb’s, Tales of Spike’s and a few other favourite authors' stories; I had to fall back on some fics by writers who are rather less skillful. I kept being jerked out of the mood by sloppy word usage. ‘Loose’ for ‘lose’, ‘loathe’ for ‘loath’ and vice versa, and one I had never seen before and which totally cracked me up; ‘in loo of’ for ‘in lieu of’. One perennial error inspired me to write the following drabble set at the end of ‘Not Fade Away’...
The Last Hurrah of the Golden... Handshake?
The e-mail was flagged as ‘urgent’ and came from the Senior Partners. Grazz’durtak, demon administrator, opened it immediately and read the message.
‘Renegade Los Angeles CEO Angel is in the alley behind the Hyperion Hotel. Send a demon hoard.’
Grazz’durtak frowned. Strange. Still, his not to reason why...
The rain poured down on the bedraggled band as they stared at the hoard.
“Okay,” said Gunn, “you take the thirty thousand on the left.”
“I had hoped to do more violence,” said Illyria, scooping up gold coins and gems, “but this tribute is... acceptable.”
“‘Hoard’? It was supposed to say ‘horde’!”