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'Tis the Season

What is it about winter holidays that inspires such schlock? Everybody and their sister starts writing fic about Jews celebrating Solstice, Pagans celebrating Christmas, and Christians celebrating Hannukah. And yet, this Grinch admits to getting sentimental about Christmas herself sometimes.... ___________________________________________________________________

Short-Shorts

Main Entry: minimalism
Pronunciation: 'mi-n&-m&-"li-z&m
Function: noun
Date: 1969
1 : a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity
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The Quicker Picker Uppers

These are the cheerful stories that I keep around for when I need that handful-of-chocolate-espresso-beans feeling. Funny and to the point, they hit you hard right where you need it.

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Shock To The System

Sometimes a story is just good, in a way that makes you want to jump up and down screaming about it, or grab people and shake them until they understand how wonderful life is for you right then. ___________________________________________________________________

Scary Stories

Turn off all the lights, grab a teddy bear, and get comfortable. Here are a few stories that made my skin crawl. ___________________________________________________________________

Arabesques

There's a formula for action stories; we all know it, that familiar arc of conflict-complication-climax-denoument-resolution. I'm trained in all sorts of post-structuralist, post-modernist, deconstructivist theory, though, and perhaps it's a character flaw but I adore stories with fancier structures. Circular vignettes are a favorite in my own writing; triptychs appear a lot. Give me metaphors, give me stories moving sideways, go ahead and make my head hurt -- I love it.

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It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This

These are the classics. I'm the sort of person who reads my favorite books over and over again until I can almost quote the best passages. I write character-study stories myself, but I love to read the long novel-length stories that allow for actual development of character and situation. ___________________________________________________________________

The One That Didn't Get Away

These are my introductions to various fandoms -- not always the first stories I read, but the first to pull me in and suck my under; not always the best stories I've read, but the ones I've remembered longest. ___________________________________________________________________

Pleasures and Fantasies

Sometimes I want a fanfiction to be about making the characters real, like the Velveteen Rabbit, scratching their noses and all. Other times I want those familiar characters to give me a portal into the fantastical, and that's what these stories are. Most of them are not about safe, consensual S/M scenes. This is fantasy; fantasy is safe in an entirely different way. ___________________________________________________________________

Domesticity

Sometimes you just want to grab a cold beer, kick back on the couch, and make out with your best friend. When you do, Sentinel fanfic is there for you. This section reads like a Who's Who for most of my favorite plot-based authors. ___________________________________________________________________

Betcha Can't Read Just One

Sometimes you have a favorite story. Sometimes you have a favorite author, of the sort who makes you read stories you'd never think you'd read. ___________________________________________________________________

29 March 2000 OLD! The only section of my old reviews that I haven't expanded, edited, or otherwise annotated.

Miscellany

It's not like I have time to review everything, you know.