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It's been so much fun to look at the reveal list and see everybody's posts about their gifts, given and received.

First and foremost, thank you to [livejournal.com profile] ferporcel for the incredible, intricate, evocative (and perfectly titled) art that she created to accompany my story, "King of Swords." If you haven't seen it, you must run, now, and take a look. It's incredible. King of Swords was my first (and only) WIP (now complete) and feels to me like a reflection of my own exploration and growth as a writer. To have a piece of art that depicts such a crucial scene is a powerful gift for me, more than you may have even realized, Fer. Thank you.

"Chasing the Darkness Away"

*glomps Fer.

Second, I can now publicly own up to writing "The Essence of Sunset" for [livejournal.com profile] dickgloucester, who wrote one of her prompts with me in mind. Thanks to the mods for saying "yes" when I requested to be assigned to her. *smooches you all*

To say that I was blown away by the reception to the story would be a massive understatement. I can't tell you all how much it means to me to see the way that people engaged with the story. The questions you asked, the observations you made, the speculations, the conversations in comments, and your emotional reactions kept me glued to the computer and leaping regularly from my seat (hard to do both, simultaneously, y'know?). It's the greatest gift anybody can give a writer: to be such engaged and emotionally available readers. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

I am incredibly fortunate to have a veritable Quidditch team (if you include reserve players... ahem) of alpha readers, beta readers and cheerleaders.  I simply could not have written something of this scope without them, and they deserve so much credit for making this story work. Each one brought a unique point of view or expertise to the process and helped me immensely as I groped my way through the world-building and character development and searched for plot. (I'm always searching for the plot. Just ask them.)

So, here goes. :)

First of all, thanks to Dicky for writing such an intriguing, brilliant prompt and for being awesome in general... I was highly motivated to write something that would be deserving of her as a recipient. *squishes her

Massive hugs to [livejournal.com profile] subvers, [livejournal.com profile] lady_rhian, and [livejournal.com profile] bluestocking79 for alpha reading/cheerleading and general "yes, this works" all the way through. You were my rudders.

Giant hugs to [livejournal.com profile] lifeasanamazon for her detailed and insightful Britpick and for gobs of encouragement at a time when I really needed some. 

Thanks to the mods and especially to [livejournal.com profile] scatteredlogic for making sure the complex coding worked on this monster of a story. *hugs

Immense thanks to [livejournal.com profile] drinkingcocoa and [livejournal.com profile] juniperus for close reading for content, consultation about the Middle Ages, illuminated lettering, and canon characterizations and millions of other details that they wouldn't let me get away with faking. 

Enormous gratitude to [livejournal.com profile] annietalbot, [livejournal.com profile] sc010f, and [livejournal.com profile] pyjamapants for helping shape the spreadsheet that allowed me to keep the universes straight and clarify the elements that shaped each one, for reading draft after draft, beta reading, close reading, listening to the moans and groans about world-building, and generally reassuring me and guiding me all along the way. You guys deserve medals. Really. Big medals.

Finally, [livejournal.com profile] juno_magic wrought her incredible magic in two massive ways for this story. First, she did the coding (which took days) that created the gradient color background that gave the story its visual punch. She also did the most in-depth editorial read that I've ever experienced. It was massive, detailed and absolutely invaluable not only for the story, but also in pushing me as a writer. I don't think there are enough words to express my gratitude to her. Juno, you humble me. 

Ladies, you all humble me. 

*standing ovation to the alpha/beta/cheerleading team

Date: 2011-12-11 10:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] machshefa.livejournal.com
*grins

You did? *bounces

I've stopped trying to hide, but since I'm terrible at identifying authors by style, I'm always so impressed when others can! Was it the graphics or the style?

I'm SO glad you enjoyed this. I adore the sketch you did for the story. I know you said it didn't take you long to do, but it captures the energy of the moment perfectly!

*hugs you

Date: 2011-12-11 11:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cabepfir.livejournal.com
By the graphics, actually, especially by the different fonts adopted, even before I started reading it, because they reminded me your fic from last year. Unfortunately I cannot see the gradients on my Windows-served laptop, and could appreciate them only at my office's Mac (oops.)

edit: I can see the gradients from my laptop. Now. It just refused to show them to me back then, the Founders know why.

And you are so welcome! Thank you!

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