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Is it really a year since last I posted here? Well, a lot has happened since then.

But, the important thing today is that today is my day in the 2011 I Will Remember You Fic Marathon. My story is here:


Windows on the Soul


It's only Day 3, if you haven't caught up with IWRY so far, and the site is here, so check out the earlier stories, and keep on reading for the rest of the month:

I Will Remember You Marathon


This year has been a terrible year - after a severe and protracted illness, my mother died not long ago, and I'm still in the process of sorting out her house and such.... And I really don't want to talk about it just yet. So, I really am sorry for deserting everyone. I hope you'll understand.

I hope you enjoy the story.

Jo
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From:velvetwhip
Date:November 4th, 2011 01:26 am (UTC)
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Your story is perfection! I hope everyone reads it because it's nonpareil!

I am so very sorry your life has been so full of sorrow. *hugs you tightly*


Gabrielle
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From:librarian2003
Date:November 5th, 2011 01:02 am (UTC)
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:~))))) You make a fantastic cheerleader, Gabrielle! *Thank you*

*Hugs you tightly back!*

Jo
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From:velvetwhip
Date:November 5th, 2011 01:34 am (UTC)
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You deserve a whole darn champion cheer squad, because you are stupendous!


Gabrielle
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From:zuriel
Date:November 4th, 2011 03:18 am (UTC)
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Beautifully done, Jo! I can’t begin to describe in mere words how much I loved this. The imagery had me swept up in Angel’s plight and Buffy’s determination to find the whole truth of that Day. Absolutely perfect.

Thank you for taking the time to give us this wonderful story.

I’m also very sorry for your loss, and I understand what you’re going through as I’m in a similar situation. My thoughts are with you.

shrinky
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From:librarian2003
Date:November 5th, 2011 01:05 am (UTC)
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*Thank you*! I'm so glad that you enjoyed this. It was a tricky little story to write, and it's good to know I got it somewhere like right...

And thank you for your thoughts. I am so sorry that you, too, are in this position. My thoughts are with you too, and we'll both find some comfort in writing, yes?

Jo
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From:ares132006
Date:November 4th, 2011 09:02 am (UTC)
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As has been said, beautifully done. Your use of words paints such wonderful scenes, and even if they are scenes of Angel in pain, in an altered state, they are awesome.

I love the journey of discovery Buffy takes in using the Orlon Window. I've always wondered how Buffy would react, what she would be thinking, if some of Angel's world, and secrets were revealed to her. And you gave such a fantastic view of just that, her thoughts, her emotions, and her plans and actions to rescue the vampire, no, the man, who gave up everything for her.

As ever, it's a pleasure to imbibe, inhale, immerse myself in one of your tales.

Thank you.

And you know you're in my heart.

*hugs*

Ares
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From:librarian2003
Date:November 5th, 2011 01:09 am (UTC)
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*Thank you*, my dear.

Yes, the Buffy we know doesn't always get much insight into the sacrifices happening around her, especially Angel's, so it was interesting to explore that. And Angel, as a character, has such profound depths, and so many secrets, that it was good to get one of them out into the open.

*Hugs you tight back*

Jo
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From:ljgould
Date:November 5th, 2011 02:46 am (UTC)
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I thought your story was wonderful. I could see Buffy sitting and looking into the Window, and it was sad and happy and so devastatingly wonderful. I loved it.

I'm so very sorry about your mother. If there is anything I can do, you know how to contact me. I'll be thinking of you.

Hugs,
L.J.
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From:librarian2003
Date:November 6th, 2011 11:52 pm (UTC)
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*Thank you*, on both counts LJ.

*Hugs you and the girls*

I'll be in touch

Hugs

Jo
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From:moscow_watcher
Date:November 6th, 2011 04:24 pm (UTC)
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Amazing story. I'm in love with your brain. What an unusual, inventive twist! What a treasury of emotions! You're a fantastic storyteller!

I'm sorry to hear about your loss. *hugs* My thoughts are with you.
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From:librarian2003
Date:November 6th, 2011 11:54 pm (UTC)
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*Thank you*, my dear!

:~))))

You can't be in love with my brain - Ares has stolen most of it! *G*

I'm so glad you enjoyed the story. It was a different one, even for me, and I did fret about whether it would work. So, I'm really glad it did.

And *thank you* for your thoughts.

*Hugs you back*

Jo
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From:landrews
Date:November 13th, 2011 04:25 am (UTC)
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How wonderfully imaginative and your use of language, as always, is lyrical and so visually descriptive that it's easy to see in your head :-) I especially am stuck with the vision of Angel on the shoulder of a tortured giant writhing from the rock. I liked how Dawn was present, but not intrusive. And you set up the ending very nicely with Giles' warning at the out start. I enjoyed reading this very much, thank you.

Thank you also for the heads-up on the submission link you sent me. I'm sorry I've been so incommunicado lately, and I'm also sorry about your Mom. I know it's been a very stressful time for you :hugsyou:

I definitely think losing yourself in the writing of fic sounds like a great idea :-)
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From:librarian2003
Date:November 23rd, 2011 11:00 am (UTC)
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*Thank you* for such a lovely review! I'm glad you liked it!

And *thank you* for the hugs! Much appreciated! :~)))

Did you decide to submit something? I'm about to do so...

*Hugs*

Jo
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From:perpetual
Date:November 22nd, 2011 06:03 am (UTC)
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Check it out, I've started reading the marathon from its beginning and leaving reviews, and it's not even over yet! So, here's my thoughts on your most marvelous of tales, attempting to leave out whatever I've already said:

I love the phrases you use to describe W&H's trap, like cosmic maelstrom of temporal unreality and most chaotic sector of this neverwhen. I kind of feel like the chaos is real and dangerous enough to explain itself, if that makes sense. Carries through the whole story, too; all of Angel's temporary worlds have a distinct feel to them without there being any confusion about whether they're "real" or not.

Angel's progression into sanity is completely gripping. All those tiny details of his lost day making him remember how to remember. Buffy has saved him in one more way.

Buffy and Giles were so great working together. You played their respective strengths and weaknesses perfectly. Favorite: Buffy never wants to understand how dangerous things are before she goes running in, usually wearing ridiculous boots. Hee! And keeping it balanced, Now he’s excited. Books are like sex to Giles.

I thought this was so representative of everything Angel and Buffy are to each other: It’s difficult. Angel’s face fills her thoughts. But she’s a warrior. She knows how to put aside everything she loves. And she really does it, too; it's not just a conceit she has about herself.

Another one: Even so, she thinks that the real reason he left was that he couldn’t bear to make her choose between himself and everyone else she loved. I think that's completely true.

The power of the love that both Buffy and Angel are feeling when they finally connect through a shared moment at the end is both transcendent and believable - it's an extraordinary thing they've pulled off, but that's what they're all about. The love never even flickered, the whole time they were apart, and their reward feels so completely earned.

All in all this was every bit as enjoyable to read the second time, and I'm so glad you wrote it for us.

Respecting your wishes to not talk about all that happened while you were gone, but I do want to say that I missed you and it's been great to see you active online again. Not that you need to apologize for depriving us of your presence, but more to say that you did us a favor coming back, and it's appreciated.

Oh, and I AM going to reply to your emails...!

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From:librarian2003
Date:November 23rd, 2011 11:08 am (UTC)
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*Thank you*, Kairos, for such a lovely review! :~))))

I'm so glad that you liked it. I did fret, as you know, about whether it truly worked as a story, and it's a great relief that it did...

*Thank you* for your wishes...

And I've missed seeing your detailed critiques!

(I have your replies...) :~)))))

Thank you again

Jo
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