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Updater on Duty: Alanna
In Alanna's Head: The beatings will continue until morale improves

Okay, the excuse for not updating this time involves hospitalization (mine), road trips (also mine), Otakon (quite nifty), and server problems (mine and RPGamer's). Yes, I'm fine now, but my word, that whole deal just kinda sucked. And the less said about that, the better.

So ... let's see. Otakon was quite nifty, and I got the chance to meet Raincrystal, of Editorials fame, which was also quite nifty. There were way too many people there, but what can you do? When you get such a big con, some things suffer and other things get even more interesting. One of the high points was wandering around and looking at all the cosplayers; I'd cosplay if I wouldn't look like a big dork. One of the other highlights was watching someone dressed as Vash the Stampede from Trigun play Dance Dance Revolution, earning him the nickname of Dance the Stampede. I like watching DDR, but damn, I can't play it worth a damn.

I don't really have much to say, really. I've been in a bit of slump for most of this year, for a lot of reasons. I'm sorry about the update gaps; I am trying.

Notes From Fanfic Land

To everyone who's been following the guidelines: thank you! It's wonderful to look at my inbox and realize that over half the submissions are in formats we can use. Now all we have to do is start stepping viciously on all the M$ Word alleged HTML, and we'll be fine. :)

We should be current with having posted everything we've accepted up until early July, and having replied to everything that we received before late July. If you submitted before late July and haven't heard back from us yet, or submitted before early July, received an acceptance letter from us, and your fic has not yet been posted, please do let me know. Sadly, my disorganization is not just with not having done updates; it's also with email and communication. I'm just a mess these days.

Writing Tip of the Week

From Paul Beaudoin ( Be constructive with criticism. Replies such as "Your fic was great!" or "Your fic was terrible." are of little help. Even just pointing out scenes you liked or disliked can prove to be constructive, as writers will know what worked and what didn't. By being a little more constructive with your replies, the writers will get better, the fanfics will get better, and you'll have more fun reading them. It's a win-win-win situation for all of us.

Alanna "If I ask nicely, will the universe stop playing with me?"

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