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Introductory note: on Buffyforums, there's a season three rewatch and I'm writing a bit about Dead Man's Party. To try to get into the POVs of the Sunnydale characters, I wrote this.

I'm doing well in general, but I'm still fragile -- so if you don't like it, well, you know, be gentle! I include this disclaimer (and would prefer not to link to *this* version, though linking to the AO3 version is okay should I post it there) because I know how divisive this episode is, even if I'm only talking about it glancingly.

The POV style is somewhat inspired by [livejournal.com profile] beer_good_foamy's excellent Building Character, which is also of a much higher level of artistry and is strongly recommended.

Disclaimer: Not mine.
Takes place: Sunnydale, around the first week of school in s3, before "Dead Man's Party."
Characters: Giles, Xander, Willow, Cordelia, Joyce.
Word count: ~2500
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So, I've been nominated at the Willowy Goodness Awards!



The nominations are for "The Magicless Bullet," and also my Willow/Faith fic, "Keeping Each Other," which I wrote for [livejournal.com profile] tiny_white_hats' Tenth Anniversary Ficathon and which I never posted here.  That's totally weird, right?  Each is up in several categories; you can click the nominations and check out all the other excellent fics nominated too.

(I didn't vote in the nominations rounds, so I'm especially sorry to see that no one voted for [livejournal.com profile] beer_good_foamy's wonderful stuff.)

Which reminds me in general that I've been meaning at some point to mention that I opened an AO3 account in which I've posted several fics that I wrote only at ficathons.  Since I figure it's probably worth having a copy of them on my lj, I will now include four stories I've written previously but have never posted here, all at different comment ficathons.

Keeping Each Other, my as-of-just-now WGA-nominated fic, based on [livejournal.com profile] daria234's prompt "Willow/Faith or Willow&Faith, post-series they work together well, but she doesn't know what she would do if the other woman went dark."
Keeping Each Other: Willow/Faith, post-series, 488 words )




For [livejournal.com profile] penny_lane_42's Not My Ship comment ficathon back in 2012, based on [livejournal.com profile] pocochina's same-titled prompt, Lindsey/Darla "that old time rock 'n' roll," came:

That Old Time Rock and Roll, Lindsey/Darla, PG, 769 words, early s2 )

Going way back, two fics written for [livejournal.com profile] catbirdfish's Women On Top Kink meme back in 2011, both based on [livejournal.com profile] ever_neutral's prompts.  One is a black-comedy Spike/Anya s7 pairing, the other a slightly sombrer Cordelia/Wesley post-"Graduation Day" fic.  I left them untiltled at the time and only have titles now.

An Acceptable Substitute: Spike/Anya, PG-13 or so, s7, 560 words )

Post-Graduation Blues, Cordelia/Wesley, shortly post-"Graudation Day," PG-13, 605 words )

ETA: It went so much without saying that I forgot to say it, but THANK YOU to whoever nominated me!  It is very much appreciated. :)
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Well, I guess I will have to do this eventually.  I have posted a lot of this stuff in the past before, but mostly in private.  Consider this incomplete.  I also have always wanted to post a thing like this but have always hesitated because I will surely come up with a better way to say it in the future.  However, I'm having a rough couple of days due to family issues and I guess if it helps to write this and post it it'll be okay to deal with it not being the best it could be.

I recently posted a slightly different version of this on Mark Field's excellent blog running through Buffy episodes and interpreting them.  His interpretations are very strongly Buffy-centric, which is why I think I disagree with him on aspects of his assessment of Two to Go/Grave, and which led me to write this.  He suggested I post it somewhere else, so, uh, here I am!

Because of pressing personal and fandom issues, I would request that commenters be kind (there is a lot of relate-y material here). I also may not respond to comments due to said issues or the like.

TW: uh, suicide, depression, family dysfunction, addiction, that type of thing.

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Char: Willow
Warnings: reference to canonical character death
Disclaimer: not mine
Thanks to: [livejournal.com profile] angearia and [livejournal.com profile] somebraveapollo for reading this ahead of time.

Somewhere deep, she probably started believing it the moment the glass broke. )
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Char and rating: Willow, Buffy/Angel, PG-13: sexual content, bondage, some Angel mocking.

Genre: Comedy.

Notes: Not my ship usually, but I had this idea I couldn’t resist.  Hopefully you like it.  Happy holiday season!

Takes place: Post-NFA, not comics continuity.

Summary: Buffy and Angel are a couple sometime post-series.  Willow has arranged for what she hopes will be the perfect holiday present.

Words: around 275.

Disclaimer: All character and the like are owned by Mutant Enemy and other organizations, to none of which I belong.



"You've got the chains and everything?" Willow asked. )
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Willow Series: I’ve felt an urge lately to talk about Willow, my understanding of her character, my feeling about her role in the narrative, and my identification with her.  This series will hopefully give me a chance to explore what I think makes Willow tick.  My plan is to go episode-by-episode and point out a few things we learn about her during the series; that said, I will want to jump around when major themes are indicated.  Comics are considered canon for the purposes of this series, but they will rarely be required reading, though there is a blanket spoiler warning on issues that have been released.

I’m writing some notes with 2maggie2 and her brother Strudel (currently on temporary hiatus), so some of these thoughts have been expressed over there.  But the point of view is different here: my take is both more personal, and I am giving myself more leeway to present a Willow POV (as I understand it) without having to explain in detail every distortion.  So, for example, if I talk about some action undertaken by Buffy or Xander or Tara, and how it affects Willow, it should be understood, most of the time, that I’m looking at that through a Willow lens, and that I’m not going into as much detail about what motivates the others.  That said, BtVS is structured around character parallels and interactions, and I don’t intend to banish the other characters from this discussion entirely.

Disagreement is fine, obviously, but some willingness to sympathize with Willow, and some sensitivity to the personal nature of the posts, is expected.  I don’t claim to have the only understanding to the character, who can be very opaque: I just hope to offer an interpretation.

You can find an introduction here, discussion of Welcome to the Hellmouth/The Harvest here.  Updates will be…sporadic.

All quotes are either from memory or from Buffyworld transcripts.

Do not expect that all posts will be of the length of the following one; despite ostensibly being Willow-light, The Witch tells us so much about the way the narrative world of the show operates, and it will all be very important to Willow. 


Unwieldy thoughts about magic, the Madisons, high school, mothers, and using people. )
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Willow Series: I’ve felt an urge lately to talk about Willow, my understanding of her character, my feeling about her role in the narrative, and my identification with her.  This series will hopefully give me a chance to explore what I think makes Willow tick.  My plan is to go episode-by-episode and point out a few things we learn about her during the series; that said, I will want to jump around when major themes are indicated.  Comics are considered canon for the purposes of this series, but they will rarely be required reading, though there is a blanket spoiler warning on issues that have been released.

I’m writing some notes with 2maggie2 and her brother Strudel (currently on temporary hiatus), so some of these thoughts have been expressed over there.  But the point of view is different here: my take is both more personal, and I am giving myself more leeway to present a Willow POV (as I understand it) without having to explain in detail every distortion.  So, for example, if I talk about some action undertaken by Buffy or Xander or Tara, and how it affects Willow, it should be understood, most of the time, that I’m looking at that through a Willow lens, and that I’m not going into as much detail about what motivates the others.  That said, BtVS is structured around character parallels and interactions, and I don’t intend to banish the other characters from this discussion entirely.

Disagreement is fine, obviously, but some willingness to sympathize with Willow, and some sensitivity to the personal nature of the posts, is expected.  I don’t claim to have the only understanding to the character, who can be very opaque: I just hope to offer an interpretation.

You can find an introduction here, discussion of Welcome to the Hellmouth/The Harvest here.  Updates will be…sporadic.

All quotes are either from memory or from Buffyworld transcripts.

Do not expect that all posts will be of the length of the following one; despite ostensibly being Willow-light, The Witch tells us so much about the way the narrative world of the show operates, and it will all be very important to Willow. 


Unwieldy thoughts about magic, the Madisons, high school, mothers, and using people. )
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Get thee to [livejournal.com profile] norwie2010's journal and read his excellent piece, Giles and the "Wild Woman."  My response got long, so I've included it here, a long with a few corrections and addenda.  (I spoke with [livejournal.com profile] ceciliaj and [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle, who have been helpful.)

Rambling about Giles, Dark Willow, and other topics. )
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Get thee to [livejournal.com profile] norwie2010's journal and read his excellent piece, Giles and the "Wild Woman."  My response got long, so I've included it here, a long with a few corrections and addenda.  (I spoke with [livejournal.com profile] ceciliaj and [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle, who have been helpful.)

Rambling about Giles, Dark Willow, and other topics. )
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Well, I could edit it again and again, or I could post. I reserve the right to rewrite this at some later date (though obviously you only make one first fic impression, and this is it; I think I'm talking myself out of this already!). Thanks to[livejournal.com profile] angearia for the beta; it's somewhat different now from then, but it's mostly the same.

Fandom: BtVS

Character: Willow.

Setting: Takes place during Empty Places. Fairly canon compliant.

Summary: Willow has one last thing to take care of before the upcoming Apocalypse.

Disclaimer: I do not own any of these characters. Rather Mutant Enemy, 20th Century Fox, Joss Whedon, etc. own them. And none of them are me.

Rating: PG.

Words: ~800

Closure
Willow falters as she approaches the house. )
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Well, I could edit it again and again, or I could post. I reserve the right to rewrite this at some later date (though obviously you only make one first fic impression, and this is it; I think I'm talking myself out of this already!). Thanks to[livejournal.com profile] angearia for the beta; it's somewhat different now from then, but it's mostly the same.

Fandom: BtVS

Character: Willow.

Setting: Takes place during Empty Places. Fairly canon compliant.

Summary: Willow has one last thing to take care of before the upcoming Apocalypse.

Disclaimer: I do not own any of these characters. Rather Mutant Enemy, 20th Century Fox, Joss Whedon, etc. own them. And none of them are me.

Rating: PG.

Words: ~800

Closure
Willow falters as she approaches the house. )
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Part 2. Focuses on Buffy, Willow and some meta elements. Also some personal comments! Enjoy.

SPOILERS obviously. Also, length. Sorry 'bout that...

I would have put this into one post, but LJ was being testy.

Willow )
Time of Your Life Speculation )
Magic )
Buffy )
Personal Reaction )
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Part 2. Focuses on Buffy, Willow and some meta elements. Also some personal comments! Enjoy.

SPOILERS obviously. Also, length. Sorry 'bout that...

I would have put this into one post, but LJ was being testy.

Willow )
Time of Your Life Speculation )
Magic )
Buffy )
Personal Reaction )
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Part 2. Focuses on Buffy, Willow and some meta elements. Also some personal comments! Enjoy.

SPOILERS obviously. Also, length. Sorry 'bout that...

I would have put this into one post, but LJ was being testy.

Willow )
Time of Your Life Speculation )
Magic )
Buffy )
Personal Reaction )
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I feel like I’ll always have more to say, because this issue helped solidify some thoughts I’ve had about several of the arcs. But, well, it’s late, and the new issue is coming out in a few days. So consider my previous 37 post to be the Season Eight Buffy post, and this one to be the post about this issue.  Also, this may not be coherent.  Sorry!

I’m heading to a conference on Thursday, and have to prepare a talk for then (well, technically, Friday). So I might well be too busy to write anything substantial on 38, assuming of course I even process it quickly enough, before getting back on about Sunday or so. I am still going to read it on Wednesday though.

Click! )
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I feel like I’ll always have more to say, because this issue helped solidify some thoughts I’ve had about several of the arcs. But, well, it’s late, and the new issue is coming out in a few days. So consider my previous 37 post to be the Season Eight Buffy post, and this one to be the post about this issue.  Also, this may not be coherent.  Sorry!

I’m heading to a conference on Thursday, and have to prepare a talk for then (well, technically, Friday). So I might well be too busy to write anything substantial on 38, assuming of course I even process it quickly enough, before getting back on about Sunday or so. I am still going to read it on Wednesday though.

Click! )
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I feel like I’ll always have more to say, because this issue helped solidify some thoughts I’ve had about several of the arcs. But, well, it’s late, and the new issue is coming out in a few days. So consider my previous 37 post to be the Season Eight Buffy post, and this one to be the post about this issue.  Also, this may not be coherent.  Sorry!

I’m heading to a conference on Thursday, and have to prepare a talk for then (well, technically, Friday). So I might well be too busy to write anything substantial on 38, assuming of course I even process it quickly enough, before getting back on about Sunday or so. I am still going to read it on Wednesday though.

Click! )
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In my recent post defending BtVS' season six, I mentioned that S6 references season two in several crucial ways.  For fun and profit I rewatched the Dark Willow eps just to pick up on some things.  And once again I got reminded of how much Two to Go and Grave reference Becoming, and what I think this means for the series as a whole.

And yes, apparently all I ever talk about with BtVS are season six and Becoming, why do you ask?
 
 
On the finales: spoilers; I think it's interesting )

In other news: MY GIRLFRIEND IS BACK IN CANADA TODAY!  She was teaching overseas.  It's all very exciting.

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