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LJ, oh, LJ

I realized earlier today that I hadn't received any notifications from livejournal about new entries from friends or communities I track. (Since Thursday morning! Tells you how busy my week has been.) Finally found this from the LJ Support page:

"Most notifications are not being sent via email or inbox at this time. LiveJournal administrators are aware of the problem, and are working to resolve this as quickly as possible." http://www.livejournal.com/support

Of course, there's no notice of how long they think it will take to resovle, and there are a bunch of open support requests in their tracking system about this. (I won't open one myself since it is a known problem) I'd also found LJ had published their "news" email yesterday but didn't see (perhaps I read over it?) any mention of the problem--of course, I didn't receive that email, so it was by chance I even saw the news update.

I'd also spent too much time trying to see if the problem was me. Being a geek, I try to troubleshoot things on my own before bothering support: checking notifications settings, checking my inbox and spam folders, etc, etc. all took place before discovering that the problem is LJ's. Well, hopefully the admins will get it fixed soon.

Otherwise, I hope everyone is having a good weekend!
--sgr
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The Twelve Days of Christmas, Devil Wears Prada-style

Title: The Twelve Days of Christmas, Devil Wears Prada-style
Pairing: Andy/Miranda
Rating: pretty much G
Author's Note: Inspired by kali_bluemxrolkr's request for a DWP 12 Days of Christmas here in the Christmas Cracker Fic-a-thon. I'm so sorry! I just realized I'd given credit to the wrong person for the prompt.
I generally don't write, but thought I had some ideas that could work.  I hope this suits.
Thanks: Many thanks to jazwriter for tossing ideas around with me in chat, letting me know when she thought I'd taken a wrong turn, and making suggestions that inspired my thought processes. (Heck, I should probably have offered her co-author status.) Thanks also to damelola for her feedback, when I was uncertain whether to post. I've gone and changed things after listening to other feedback, and my gut. Any mistakes are mine, because I specifically decided against some suggestions.
Disclaimer:  The movie, The Devil Wears Prada, belongs to 20th Century Fox and L. Weisberger. It was unreadable as a book, so all props for producing a film inspiring so many fanworks truly belong to: Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Stanley Tucci, David Frankel and Aline Brosh-McKenna. This homage is a non-profit fanwork, and should fall under the fair use doctrine.
Dedication: I dedicate this to chilly_flame for her Small Favors stories, which were the first DWP fics I read, and to the wonderful writers who have offered me the honor of beta-ing for them. 

The Twelve Days of Christmas, Devil Wears Prada-style

On the first day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me:
A phone tossed in Paris

On the second day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me:
Two searing lattes
and a phone tossed in Paris

On the third day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me:
Three Prada bags
Two searing lattes
and a phone tossed in Paris

On the fourth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me:
Four Dior dresses
Three Prada bags
Two searing lattes
and a phone tossed in Paris

On the fifth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me:
Five Cartier rings
Four Dior dresses
Three Prada bags
Two searing lattes
and a phone tossed in Paris

On the sixth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me:
Six Wicked tickets
        (they took Lily & Doug, too)
Five Cartier rings
Four Dior dresses
Three Prada bags
Two searing lattes
and a phone tossed in Paris

On the seventh day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me:
Seven Orchids blooming
Six Wicked tickets
Five Cartier rings
Four Dior dresses
Three Prada bags
Two searing lattes
and a phone tossed in Paris

On the eighth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me:
Eight 'Page Six' sightings
Seven Orchids blooming
Six Wicked tickets
Five Cartier rings
Four Dior dresses
Three Prada bags
Two searing lattes
and a phone tossed in Paris

On the ninth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me:
Nine dinners at Pastis
Eight Page Six sightings
Seven Orchids blooming
Six Wicked tickets
Five Cartier rings
Four Dior dresses
Three Prada bags
Two searing lattes
and a phone tossed in Paris

On the tenth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me:
Ten Hermes scarves
Nine dinners at Pastis
Eight Page Six sightings
Seven Orchids blooming
Six Wicked tickets
Five Cartier rings
Four Dior dresses
Three Prada bags
Two searing lattes
and a phone tossed in Paris

On the eleventh day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me:
Eleven paparazzi
Ten Hermes scarves
Nine dinners at Pastis
Eight Page Six sightings
Seven ochids blooming
Six Wicked tickets
Five Cartier rings
Four Dior dresses
Three Prada bags
Two searing lattes
and a phone tossed in Paris

On the twelveth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me:
Twelve Christian Lous
Eleven paparazzi
Ten Hermes scarves
Nine dinners at Pastis
Eight Page Six sightings
Seven Orchids blooming
Six Wicked tickets
Five Cartier rings
Four Dior dresses
Three Prada bags
Two searing lattes
and a phone tossed in Paris



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Claudia Con UK

Having a great time this weekend at the Claudia Con!

Details to follow.
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Ah. Rain.

Finally!

Actually, it is coming down quite hard. I may have the definition wrong, but it's one of those rains that I think of when I hear the word "torrential". Glad I made it back to the office before it */really/* got started.
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Beta-reading, compound words and commas

Recently I've been seeing more and more omission of the hyphen in compound words. So what is a beta to do?

I asked about it during the Beta panel at this year's Femslash Con, and learned that this trend is encouraged, if not insisted on, by at least one publisher. In discussions with one of my co-workers--see? That looks so much better than coworkers--even some of the folks at my employer have been on a campaign to either "save the hyphen" or "eradicate the hyphen", depending on how you want to look at it. As if the hyphen were an endangered species and only so many exist in the universe. What's next? The apostrophe? We already have enough problems with apostrophe misuse in the world. LOL

What would you do? Leave "pale blue eyes" as is, or put the hyphen in, ala "pale-blue eyes"? Is it "ex husband", "exhusband" or "ex-husband"? If I'm editing your story and I add the hyphen into your text, am I making work for both of us by my insistence on preserving this endangered species: I insert it, and then you have to reject the change?

And yes, I am aware that I sometimes have a problem with comma-overuse. Hopefully I will have curtailed that tendency a bit in this post. But really, if Andy's described as that "Chanel-attired endearing doe-eyed hooker"--prompt anyone?--I want commas there!

Thanks for your attention, and I'd love to hear your thoughts. It will help me improve as I beta some really great stories. :-)
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It's Anne Hathaway Month!

This month, Jack (aka Anne) and those who love her have got at least two things to celebrate!

November 24th, her new film "Love & Other Drugs" opens. Here's the trailer in case you haven't seen it already
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TO0X4DQZKqk

and before that, on November 12th we all get to celebrate her 28th birthday!

For her birthday, I'll be going to New York City to attend a combined staged reading of afro_dyte's play, Tulpa, or Anne&Me and the birthday party being held after the show. Having read an earlier version of the play, I can say that I can't wait to see this thought-provoking work given life by people outside my head! Won't you join us?

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WHO: afro_dyte
WHAT: Staged reading for Tulpa, or Anne&Me combined with birthday party for Anne Hathaway (aka Andy aka Jack). There will be cake. There will be balloons. There may be party hats.
WHEN: Friday, November 12 at 8pm
WHERE: WOW Cafe Theatre, 59 E. 4th Street, New York, NY
WHY: Fundraising for Crossroads Theatre Project and WOW Cafe Theatre.
HOW: Click on the Fractured Atlas button below to send a donation to Crossroads Theatre Project. Suggested donation $10. $25 or more lets you join the raffle for an autographed copy of the script. $50 gets you your own autographed copy of the script (no raffle needed). All donors will be named on the playbill.

Donate now!

ABOUT TULPA, OR ANNE&ME
When Anne Hathaway crawls out of your television, what do you do?

Tulpa, or Anne&Me tells the story of a Black lesbian with an overactive imagination who forges an unlikely bond with Anne Hathaway. Guided by two guardian angels of Blackness (or are they voices in her head?), she struggles to connect with Anne across the thorny barrier between Black and White women. Through a series of visitations merging memory, reality and fantasy, Tulpa, or Anne&Me wrestles with the racial tensions that haunt even our most intimate relationships.

Raw, intimate, and unapologetic, Tulpa, or Anne&Me blends pop culture, Tibetan mysticism and womanism to begin the conversation about race that Black women and White women have never been allowed to have. Until now.

Read what some people are saying about Tulpa, or Anne&Me at:
http://jasminllenadegracia.blogspot.com/2010/09/spotlight-tulpa-or-anne.html
http://afro-dyte.livejournal.com/35818.html

ABOUT CROSSROADS THEATRE PROJECT
Crossroads Theatre Project is a collaboration of new Black playwrights whose works explore how race intersects with other identities and challenge mainstream ideas about Black theatre.

The crossroads are rooted in African folklore, Vodou, and Delta blues as a place where strange and unexpected things happen. Anything can happen on the crossroads. You can speak with the dead, meet the spirits of your ancestors, or even sell your soul to the Devil.

Crossroads Theatre Project is the anti-Chitlin Circuit created to break barriers and undermine stereotypes by presenting thoughtful new stories by and about African Americans today. In the simplest terms, this means: no maids; no crackheads; no Tyler Perry.

The vision of Crossroads Theatre Project is nearly identical to 13P. The idea is to use our shared passion for theater and our status as Othered to empower us when it comes to gathering resources and reaching out to potential audiences and creative partners. We're committed to giving people theatre by and about us that challenges what people assume we stand for and/or are interested in. The goal of Crossroads Theatre Project is to incubate the works of new Black playwrights from first draft through full production.

Read more about Crossroads Theatre Project here.
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Cow Appreciation Day

I don't know if you have 'em, but Chick-fil-a has the best ads with the cows. And so, it's Cow Appreciation Day today. I can just see a bunch of people climbing out of a car all dressed as cows. ;-D

Some of us at work talked about going to try it, but the heat's been so bad this week we've given up on it. Maybe next year.

Love me them cows.
--sgr
(Moooooo.)


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It's dress like a Cow Day....
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The LRB Lonely-Hearts Challenge

I sent this "challenge" out to bargara_b a few weeks ago while she was recovering from surgery. She told me I really should post it, and now I'm finally doing so.

Amongst my recent book reads has been They Call Me Naughty Lola. It is a collection of personals from the London Review of Books.

These ads are much fun and very different than the average personals ads I've seen in the US or heard about from friends of the online ads. Google Books preview here</a> and a blog post summarizing entries from various book reviews here.

So keeping in mind the "higher caliber", "honesty" and quirkiness of the LRB lonely-hearts ads, I wondered: what Miranda's ad would read as? :


Two divorces. Twins.  No, that refers to my daughters, not the ex-husbands; although the men did ultimately share striking similarities. Having decided to give up on the males of the species, if you're not Runway-thin, you can choose to respond to Box 4769. That's all.



So that's my piss-poor attempt. Your challenge is to write one either for Miranda or Andy. Or Emily, Lily, Nigel, Doug, etc.  <g>  A bitter ad from Nate?

And if you are involved in other fandoms, what would those characters use for their ads? I've tried to come up with something for J/7 but I got nothing. :-(
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Meryl Streep talks to the 2010 graduates of Barnard.

As I was driving home this evening I was listening to "On Point" and they featured part of Ms. Streep's address to the 2010 Barnard graduating class.



It's just over 28 minutes.

I particularly found it interesting when she talks about how men's attitudes to her characters have changed, where they can see through Miranda Priestly's eyes. (approx. 24 mins. in.)

Also? I'll have to search to see if there's a youtube copy of her Vassar speech (27 yrs. ago) or a transcript someplace.

cross-posted at the dvlwears_prada community.