But it's been a few years since I finished the story. I figured it would get forgotten and buried in the depths of the internet. Time - the great machine that slowly grinds the universe to dust in its unrelenting cogs. I figured "Eclipse" would be forgotten, too.
But every couple of days, another review on that old story trickles in. This one... floored me. It was anonymous, so I couldn't even reply. But I wanted to share. So... directly from the e-mail I got from ff.net:
( And so a reader speaks... and I listened... and wibbled a bit. )
Whoever you are... thank you.
I was bored to fucking tears today at work (I've been slammed all week, and NOW I get a break?!?), and decided to Google myself by screen name. I went to Google and typed in "Mijan "... and as soon as I added the space after my name, I got "Mijan Eclipse" as the fourth option down.
I kinda stared at it for a second, not quite sure I was really seeing it, so I deleted and typed my screen name again. And it happened again.
So... holy shit. *grins*
I also bounced a bit when I saw that I got recced on crackenterprise today. SQUEE! "Crossfire" getting some fandom love, bbs!
In other news... I chopped my hair really short (even for me) and lightened it slightly. I realized I was getting sick of timing and restricting my haircuts based on which costume I was going to wear at an upcoming convention. I keep growing it out for the Frodo costume. WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF? So I chopped it. I like having a new look. :D
And now... I'm off to the grocery store to brave the wilds. We need milk, eggs, and wine for cooking. *headdesk*
- Best STORYTELLING of any of the movies.
- OMG, they went there (repeatedly), and didn't hold back.
- This is NOT a children's movie, and they make NO attempt to sugar-coat it.
- Yes, there was "camping," but the film kept MOVING the plot along, and I think it was a really spot-on representation of what they went through.
I think it's the best yet. I was seriously impressed.
Go watch it. Twice.
As some of you may know, FictionAlley has been struggling for a few months with a sudden change in our financial circumstances. We're working on ways to help defray the costs to keep the site running, and we're always on the lookout for new opportunities.
Well, this morning, iGive sent out an email about a video contest:
Create a short, fun video (2 minutes or less) about FictionAlley/FAWC, and how iGive helps support it. Get the kids and pets involved! Think Halloween, Thanksgiving, and holiday themes. The top 18 videos (by votes) win cash prizes for their causes!
The prize for the winning video is $1000 - that's five months of our website hosting fees! There are smaller cash prizes, too, and our video is one of the first 100 uploaded, and we get ten votes (easy peasy!) we get $50 for FictionAlley automatically.
We'd love to do this, but we need your help! Have someone film you (solo, or with family and friends, outside or at your computer or anywhere magical) wearing a Potter-inspired costume, or your favorite FictionAlley or self-created t-shirt and say, shout, spell or sing "Creativity is Magic!", then send it to VidChallenge@FictionAlley.org. If you'd rather draw something, or use puppets or animation, that's fantastic, too!
We'll include as many as we can in our two-minute video. We have 120 seconds, and it takes about three to four seconds to say it (maybe five if you're singing) so we can include somewhere between 25 and 35 at a minimum - but we can also put two or four on the screen at once if we get enough submissions.
The thing is, to upload it at midnight (CDT) on November 1, we need your video in hand by 9 PM Eastern time on Sunday, October 31, so we can get it edited and uploaded. And really, the sooner you can film it and send it, the better. Keep it short and clever (and nonviolent and nonpr0n0graphic per the contest rules) and let us know if we can put your name on the screen - it's totally up to you.
Thanks in advance for your help with this! Together, we can make magic!
I can't even put into words how wonderful that makes me feel.