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Date:2008-04-20 16:22
Subject:Long Live Lionel Luthor -- in The Litney, at least

I am heartbroken. I have known for years that even the clumsey, plot hole developers of Smallville would use the son-murders-father device to send Lex over the edge into Total Evil, but still, when it happened I wasn't prepared. The setup was lame --nearly nonexistent, actually. Poor Lionel, offed at the beginning of the episode with so little fanfare that I kept expecting something or someone to bring him back to life.

I wouldn't be at all surprised to see Lionel show up in the Fortress of Coldnitude one of these days, but still, I have to resign myself to the fact that my last, best reason to keep watching Smallville is gone.


To make lemons from lemonade, I have used this last episode of Smallville as a swift kick in the pants to get me moving on The Litney again, and I am happy to report that after four and a half years, "With Charity for None" has finally FINALLY been posted. I know from our site statistics on that people are still reading Daddy Longlegs and the first Three chapters of The Ring, so I hope this will be an enjoyable read for some.

If you know of anyone who was a Litney fan, or anyone (like me) who refuses to let The Magnificent Bastard go, please send them over to elrondsisle for new dose of The Litney, Chapter 4 of The Ring, With Charity for None.

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Date:2005-05-13 11:57

On assignment from Elrond50...

1. Total number of books I've owned: Hundreds. Upon Hundreds. I have a "wing" of my own in my home town public library where the hundreds of research books I have donated to them over the years are housed (and can't be checked out! They have to be used on site.)

2. The last book I bought: "Man On!" a birthday present for Elrond50 that supposedly has lots of hot gay sex in it. The hope is, naturally, that he will let me read it when he is finished. *makes doe eyes and bats lashes at Elrond*

3. The last book I read: I have been reading the entire Elizabeth Peters Amelia Peabody mystery series from the beginning this year. Am currently in the middle of "The Golden One."

4. Five books that mean a lot to me:

  1. The Princess Bride by William Goldman. Quite simply my favorite book in all the world. Movie isn't even close to being as sublime as this brilliant, poignant, hysterically funny book. If you want to laugh, buy the book. 
  2. Marathon Man by William Goldman. The most perfect work of popular fiction written in the last 40 years. As I was reading this book, I screamed and threw it across the room TWICE because I was so incredibly shocked by the twists and turns. Speaking of "twice," you must read it at least two times to truly understand how perfectly plotted this book is. Again the movie was crap compared to the book. If you are going to read the book, avoid the movie at all costs. This book should be required reading for anyone who wants to write popular fiction, by the way.
  3. The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss. Hooked me on the genre of historical romance and changed my life. Before I became addicted to historicals, I always thought that if you were going to write a book, it had to be "the Great American Novel." Romance woke me up to the fact that there were writers with skills equivalent to my own who were making a living writing stuff that was mindless fun. A year later, I sold my first book, and for the next twelve years made my living as a romance novelist. It was a D'oh! moment that changed my life.
  4. The Writer's Journey by Christopher Vogler - An amazing book that gave me extraordinary insights into the writing process. I wrote (and sold) my first eleven novels without having the slightest clue about "how" to write. The process of plotting a novel was instinctive to me. Reading The Writer's Journey helped me understand where those instincts came from and enabled me to get back on track more easily during the inevitable rough patches when the creative well ran dry and my instincts failed me. Another "must read" for every writer.
  5. An Early Autumn by Robert B. Parker - Though not the first book in this long-running series, this was the first Spencer novel I ever read and started a life-long love affair. I share my copies of the entire series with friends (I love to hook new readers), and devour the new ones the instant they become available.

5. 5 people you're passing this to: No assignments, but if you want to play along, please let me know so I can read your responses.

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Date:2005-03-18 12:58
Subject:Long time no...

For those of you who remember Showmerags Grand Duchess SophiaRose, the little Ragdoll kitten I got last year at Thanksgiving, she's not so little anymore--although most of her volume is fur. Thank goodness she hardly sheds.

She started out snow white except for her ringed tail in shades of seal and cream. Now, as my vet says, "She's got a little calico thing going on." She's a year or two away from her full color, but she is so pretty. And so sweet... Isis, my black Bombay, had a hard time adjusting, but they are getting on fairly well now. Isis has lost a little weight thanks to all the cat-and-mousing with Sophie (it appears to me that they take turns being the mouse). Sophie follows me everywhere and I'm the meaty filling of a kitty sandwich when I go to bed.

The irony, however, is that I got Sophie because I wanted a lap kitty --even though Isis stuck to me like glue, she refused to let me hold and cuddle her unless I was willing to walk her like a baby (the exceptions to that rule -- she cuddles up next to my pillow when I went to bed, and she insisted on being in my arms if I was at my desk trying to work). I don't know if it's jealous or insecurity or some other known-only-to-cats reason, but Isis has become a lap kitty!

Here's the Duchess:

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Date:2005-01-09 22:40
Subject:Meme answers

Since it's unlikely that anyone else is going to play, here are the answers to the Movie Meme.

1. "You got city hands, Mr. Hooper. From counting money all your life."
I refuse to give lugonn credit for guessing this one because I did everything but hum the theme for him. It is arguably the most famous movie theme of all time, by the way. The movie is Jaws. The quote is Quint to Matt Hooper. When this movie came out it was my last summer in college and I was preparing to go home and begin teaching high school. The movie captured my imagination and proved to be an excellent obsession to escape into when teaching proved to be a total nightmare. I stopped counting how many times I'd seen it after the 75th time --that's 75 times I paid by the way. This was long before it ever made its first showing on TV.

2. "My father recommended I fight duels."
Another of my alltime favorite movies--glorious, glamorous cast; sumptuous costumes; great script with a wicked sense of humor and some of the best sword-fighting scenes ever filmed. The line is D'Artagnan to Porthos, Athos, and Aramis after he manages to offend each of them and schedule duels on his first afternoon in Paris. The movie is Richard Lester's The Three Musketeers

3. "You started this. Show me everything. I can take care of myself."
"Yeah, I noticed."
Three cheers to elrond50 for recognizing Ripley's flirtation with Hicks in Aliens, which had a romance so subtle that I didn't even realize there was one until I saw the movie a second time.

4. "Quit your griping."
"I like griping."
Bravo lugonn for recognizing Alien.

In 1979 my two best friends and I took turns standing in line at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood to see the Alien on its opening day. It was worth it--not only for the movie, but for the chance to see the wonderful wax models of the Space Jockey and the Alien eggs and other set pieces that were on display in the Egyptian's open-air courtyard. The models were vandalized the very first night, so only those who went on opening day saw them.

This movie was one of my favorite movie-going experiences. I convinced my friends, who were new to Hollywood, that we should sit down front. My reasoning was that Star Wars had been at its best when I was sitting under the speakers in the 4th row of Mann's Chinese; ergo, Alien would be best down front.

WRONG! That movie grabs you and doesn't let you go. It is sheer torture, and in the fourth row, there is NO ESCAPE. It was cruel and unusual punishment. As we left the theatre, I told Mark and Forest, "That's one of the best movies I've ever seen, and I'll NEVER see it again as long as I live."

Of course, I was back in the theatre only a week later. Sitting in the back row.

5. "This wine does not travel well."
At the end of the aforementioned Three Musketeers audiences were shocked (and royally pissed off) to realize that it was a two part movie! Had to wait a whole year for The Four Musketeers, which was only slightly less marvelous than The Three Musketeers--the only real difference being that they hired someone less talented to do the score.

The line quoted here is Porthos, who uses the whizzing shot of musket-fire to open a bottle of wine.

6. "They belong here more than we." (Or to be more accurate: "Zey beloong here more zan we.")
I am supremely disappointed in Elrond and lugonn for not recognizing Francois Truffaut in Close Encounters of the Third Kind

This movie opened on a Thanksgiving Day, and a group of friends and I spent most of the afternoon and evening in line at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. By the time our showtime approached, we were at the front of the line, sitting on the sidewalk playing chess when Steven Spielberg and George Lucas drove by to look at the crowds. If was SOOOOO cool.

"I do not think that word means what you think it means."
Kudos to lugonn who guessed Princess Bride. I was monumentally disappointed in this movie, but that is to be expected because The Princess Bride is my favorite book in all the world. Forget the movie, read the book and prepare to laugh yourself silly. It is brilliant.

8. "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night."
My favorite Bette Davis movie, All About Eve. Lugonn got the right actress but wrong movie. Elrond50 nailed the movie.

9. "Now take a fountain pen, twist the top and a highly concentrated mixture of nitric and hydrochloric acid, dissolves all metals"
"Wonderful for poison pen letters."
lugonn guessed a Bond movie and narrowed it down to the right era. The movie is Octopussy, and I have never actually seen the movie. It stands out as a memorable movie for me, though, because it so happened that it was playing on the TV at a particularly, um, uh, vulnerable moment in a relationship that was about to come to a painful conclusion.

10. "I think you should send us the biggest transport plane you have, and take this thing to the Arctic or somewhere and drop it where it will never thaw."
I had to cheat on this one and look up a line of dialogue for it because I haven't seen it in decades. It belongs on this list by virtue of being the first movie I ever remember seeing. The movie is The Blob. I must have been eight or nine and I went to see it with a friend from down the street who was a couple of years older than me. My strongest memory of the movie is the number of times we moved during it -- my older, braver friend was so scared she kept making us move further and further back until we were in the back row and she was on the floor peeking over the seat occasionally.

11. "I'm not afraid of you, mother. I'm not afraid."
My second most favorite Bette Davis movie, "Now Voyager." I'm a sucker for an ugly duckling story.

12. "You never wrote!"
"I don't know how!"
Another of those favorite movies that show my age. This is from the fabulous Robin and Marian. Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn. If you haven't seen this movie, do so. It's wonderful.

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Date:2005-01-09 00:28
Subject:Movie Meme
Mood: nostalgic

Stolen from lugonn

Movie Meme
[a] Pick one dozen movies that are ones that you have special feelings about.
[b] Pick a few lines of dialogue.
[c] As people guess the film, strike out that entry.
[d] After the film is guessed, explain why that movie made the list.

NO CHEATING. If you search the Internet for the quote, you can't answer here.

1. "You got city hands, Mr. Hooper. From counting money all your life."

2. "My father recommended I fight duels."

3. "You started this. Show me everything. I can take care of myself."
"Yeah, I noticed."

4. "Quit your griping."
"I like griping."

5. "This wine does not travel well."

6. "They belong here more than we." (Or to be more accurate: "Zey beloong here more zan we."

"I do not think that word means what you think it means."

8. "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night."

9. "Now take a fountain pen, twist the top and a highly concentrated mixture of nitric and hydrochloric acid, dissolves all metals"
"Wonderful for poison pen letters."

10. "I think you should send us the biggest transport plane you have, and take this thing to the Arctic or somewhere and drop it where it will never thaw."

11. "I'm not afraid of you, mother. I'm not afraid."

12. "You never wrote!"
"I don't know how!"

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Date:2004-11-15 18:32
Subject:It's beginning to look a lot like Stuttgart...

Why is it that conservatives believe in LESS government regulation when it comes to guns, the environment, and big corporations, but think it's imperative that the government have laws against same-sex marriage and slap quarter-million dollar fines on TV stations that air obscenities like Saving Private Ryan. I find this particularly heinous since the "remedies" to the latter are so absurdly simple. If you don't approve of same-sex marriage, don't get married to someone of the same sex! If you don't want to hear battle-hardened soldiers say "Fuck" and "Shit" in prime time, turn off your fucking television set, you morons! No one is holding a gun to your head or making laws that say you MUST marry someone of the same sex or you MUST tune your television to AB-fucking-C.

Ironic, isn't it, that our conservative bretheren can blithely vote to support a president who lied about his reasons for sending American soldiers into a Middle East Viet Nam, but don't think anyone ought to be allowed to watch a depiction of what warfare is really like.

My first instinct was to call it irony, but before I even started constructing this post, I decided it was really hypocrisy and it pisses the hell out of me.

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Date:2004-11-10 12:49
Subject:Fabulous Manips!

In a move that I suspect was designed to jumpstart me into finishing the next long-promised chapter of The Litney, Lapetite Kiki has created two manips that go hand-in-hand with the last posted chapter New Man in Town.

They are utterly incredible and I

Check them out here

Thanks Kiki! I'll finish Charity soon, I promise!

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Date:2004-10-27 09:32

ganked from elrond50

1. Tell me one thing you love about me.

2. Tell me two things you love about yourself. This one I'm particularly interested in, so make it good. I mean it. No self-deprication allowed!

3. Look through the comments ~ when you see someone you know, tell them three things you love about them.

4. Do this in your journal so I can tell you what I love about YOU - and if you've already done it, tell me so, so that I can go back and give you some love. (Optional, of course.)

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Date:2004-10-11 08:46
Subject:Grand Duchess Sophia Rose

Finally got to meet Duchess -- or, as her registration papers will say -- Grand Duchess Sophia Rose. I figure if you're going to spend this much for a cat, you damn well deserve to give her a snooty, high-falutin' name.

Anyway, Duchess was utterly adorable. She fit in my hand, and then curled up in the crook of my arm and went to sleep while I visited with the breeder. She's not a blue Tortie as I first believed. The breeder is "guessing" that she'll be a cream and seal Tortie, but she's already got some Torbie markings -- her tail definitely has lynx coloration. Basically, she's going to be a soft, fluffy calico cat.

LaDonna, the breeder, and I discussed ways of easing Duchess into the household, which is my biggest concern. I'm going to have to resign myself to the likelihood that Isis will punish me for bringing an invader into HER home--and make no mistake, it IS Isis's home; she only allows me to live there and pay the bills. I brought a kitten home for two days this past summer and the reaction was NOT good. Hopefully I can do a better job of it this time around. By the way, I know it takes longer than that for a cat to adjust to a newcomer -- I gave the kitten back because she was just too young and not litter box trained. I had to keep her confined and she cried round the clock. She was just too young to be removed from her littermates into a situation with a strange and very territorial cat. So I gave her back. That will not happen with Duchess. We're in this for the long haul whether Isis likes it or not.

If all goes well, I'll get to bring her home the weekend before Thanksgiving. I can hardly wait. I have pictures taken on my little credit card size digital camera and I learned the hard way that what you see in the viewfinder is NOT what appears on the pictures. I barely managed to get Duchess into the pictures, although as consolation, I did get some wonderful shots of LaDonna's shrubbery.

Look at those blue eyes. They should stay that color.


On another note, I am really saddened today by the passing of Christopher Reeve. I was really rooting for him to walk again. He was a very courageous man.

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Date:2004-10-07 13:00
Subject:Whit Ficathon: Better Late than Never

I apologize for being late coming to this party, but (altogether now, insert cliche here).

I haven't read all of the other entries in the WhitFicathon, but I'm on my way over to do so now. However, if you haven't seen Lapetite Kiki's Whit/Lex/Clark manip, it is seriously perfect, just a flawless manip! If you haven't seen it, you MUST at

Warning: Not Suitable for opening at the office

Okay, now for my Whitfic:

Title: Where Several Men Have Gone Before
Origin:Whitney Fordman Ficathon
Assignment: Three things Elrond50 would love to see: Marine Whitney; AU Slash; some happiness for the guy
AU Fandoms: Smallville and ... you'll see, but the title is NOT a clue
Rating: NC17
Consideration Number 1: Let's pretend that "Visage" never happened, shall we? It was a bad dream brought on by that slice of anchovie pizza Al and Miles shared at 11:45 p.m. one dark and stormy night.
Consideration Number 2: No matter how much you whine, once you've Ascended, you should stay Ascended so that cuter, less irritating team members can hang around and enjoy a little boy-on-boy action.

Where Several Men Have Probably Gone BeforeCollapse )

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Date:2004-10-06 21:57
Subject:More Duchess

Have new pictures of Duchess at 4 weeks old. I'm so excited. She'll be six weeks on Sunday and I get to meet her. Can hardly wait.

Pictures of fluffy kittyCollapse )Is that the cutest little kitty backside you ever saw, or what?

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Date:2004-09-16 14:14
Subject:Ridiculously sappy

Hurray! I'm going to be a new "Mom"! This is Duchess, the not-quite-three-week-old Ragdoll kitten that will be joining my family (which is to say my Kitty Isis and me) about Thanksgiving. I can hardly wait. If you're not familiar with the breed, Ragdolls are sweet, people-loving cats. They are born snow white and it takes as much as two years for them to reach their full coloration. Those in the know (ie., the breeder) says that my little Duchess will be a Blue Tortie.

Isis will not be amused, but I can hardly wait.

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Date:2004-07-22 15:58
Subject:Photos, maybe

Got a nifty new digital camera the size of a credit card and tried it out in my back yard this morning. Wanted to capture The Hibiscus That Devoured Missouri before the last bloom fizzled out. This doesn't do the 10-inch diameter blooms justice, but at least I can prove I've got a monster in my back yard. The other picture is the pond, grape arbor and barn/workshop/storage shed. Both pictures were taken from my back porch.

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Date:2004-06-02 10:47
Subject:This and that...

I have never been a consistent "journalist," but it's strange to think that it just turned June this is only my second post since January.

As most of you on my friend's list know, my RL life got much too R in January when my mother's health took a drastic turn downhill. The cancer that had been "sleeping" all last year finally woke up and began devouring her.

Probably more than you want to know...Collapse )

So on to other things...

Boring rhapsody about my new house...feel free to skip...Collapse )

The house is wonderful. I moved a week ago today, and am nowhere near to being unpacked, but I love it. So does my cat, Isis.

Oh. I forgot. I got a cat and she's adorable. About a year old, solid black (she has five white hairs on her neck, but that's all). She's a true cuddler. Just what I wanted. And needed. Once I'm settled I'm planning to get her a playmate.

As for writing, I'm slowly trying to get back to The Litney, but realistically it's going to be a while before "With Charity for None" gets finished. Right now my office is a pile of boxes and my computer has an Internet connection but very little more. None of my peripherals are hooked up.

Although I will be finishing "Charity," I am seriously considering taking The Litney offline, removing everything but the Casting Couch from it's archived location on I know for certain that "Daddy Longlegs" will be removed soon. "With Charity for None" will probably not be posted online, but will be sent as an email to members of the Litney yahoo group that I created in March. Currently, there are 52 members of thelitney list. Anyone is welcome to sign up and receive the next (and future) installments of "The Ring."

The subscription address is:

Okay, that's it. I took last week off to move, and my employer would probably appreciate it if I actually did some, you know, work. I've promised Elrond some pictures of the new house, and I'll post them here for anyone who might be interested. Something new and lovely blooms every day. I'll enjoy sharing.

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Date:2004-05-04 09:43
Subject:To my Bestest Friend

Happy Birthday, Elrond50!

Hugs, darling!

Tried to come up with something deliciously porny as a birthday offering to my dearest, dearest friend, but came up dry. This, then, is an IOU for a wicked manip.

Love you, sweetheart.


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Date:2004-01-25 22:03
Subject:Always Late to the Party...

1 - Leave a comment, saying you want to be interviewed.
2 - I will respond; I'll ask you five questions.
3 - You'll update your journal with my five questions, and your five answers.
4 - You'll include this explanation.
5 - You'll ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed.

elrond50 asked and I answered:
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Anyone want to be interviewed?

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Date:2003-11-10 15:56
Subject:At Long Last, Lust...
Mood: artistic

Well, it's official. After ten months I finally finished the next chapter of The Litney: The Ring -- "New Man in Town." I also re-designed the Litney Universe site a bit and have added a "casting couch" gallery. It has composite graphics of all the major (and many minor) characters. The casting for my "invented" characters was so much fun, and required zero budget... Kathleen Turner, Ben Kingsley, Linda Hunt, Frank Langella, Matt Keeslar, Jessica Alba... I've always written with specific actors in mind, but this was fun to actually be able to associate them with my characters in a gallery like this.

Also included with the chapter is a new piece of art.

Please let me know if you enjoy the story. The next chapter is coming VERY soon.

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Date:2003-10-24 11:48
Subject:With apologies

Bad, friend. Very bad. I finally got around to taking a look at my friends list for the first time in eons and discovered that there were several lovely people who had added me as a friend.

Thank you, lovely people. Have reciprocated and am sure I will enjoy your journals. I'm getting a headstart and making my New Year's Resolution to spend a little more time paying attention to LJ.

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Date:2003-10-14 17:19
Subject:Such sweet sorrow...

TV ALERT for HIGHLANDER FANS/Spoiler for NCIS: Read more...Collapse )

Am home from a perfectly wonderful vacation with Elrond. Theatre, shopping, fine dining, sight-seeing, editing Love & Glory... So much fun, so easy to be with, and so hard to leave him at the airport and let him go home. Soiled quite a few tissues on the long drive home. I had looked forward to this trip since February, and part of me is frantically casting about, wondering what I have to look forward to now. Fortunately one of the last things he said to me was that we'd have to start planning next year. Don't know where we'll go or what we'll do, but I know it will be fun.

I'm thinking glaciers would be cool. Literally and figuratively.

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Date:2003-10-06 09:45
Subject:Find the Lie

Okay. I'll play. Anyone care to find the lie? Which of the following is not true?

1. I co-starred in an unaired Pilot for a TV comedy about a band of giants terrorizing a small Western town.

2. I once stalked Carol Burnett.

3. I am the author of 20 contemporary and historical romance novels.

4. I attended acting class with one of the stars of the sitcom Malcolm in the Middle.

5. I auditioned for a role as a Klingon in a Star Trek movie.

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