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Restraint update and stuff

Chapter 42 of Restraint is almost ready for beta. It took me weeks to find a hand-hold in what seemed like a sheer cliff face of storytelling, but I think I've found it, the segue to the already-written ending. I hope to have the remainder of the novel posted by Sunday night, depending on [personal profile] kis' availability to look it over with her usual eagle eye.

(If you're one of the people still following the story, I've got one word for you: Kleenex.)

I feel so strange contemplating the End of the Story. I don't know when another story will come. Restraint is one of the biggest things I've ever undertaken, and it's going to leave a huge hole in my life when it's done.

At the same time, I'm ready to move on. I'm pretty completely engaged in this weight-losing project, which I think will occupy most of 2011. There's not that much to it--eating less isn't very complicated--but I'm operating at such a different level than I have in any previous attempt, with information that's new to me, and tools that didn't exist even five years ago, that it's taking up a lot of mental real-estate at the moment.

Meanwhile, some things I've enjoyed:
  • The new Upstairs, Downstairs. It started off a bit bland, and Keely Hawes is not my favorite actor, but over three episodes, it became wonderfully engaging, with a pace about quadruple that of the stately original series.

    (By the way, I like this three-episode series approach! It worked well for Sherlock and makes lovely bite-sized fandoms. Not that I was, you know, shipping Hallom/Kent or anything, but seriously, their scenes were classically slashy...)

  • And speaking of classic slash: My Podbang gift, Ghost, by Torch, read by [personal profile] podcath. It's one of the great X-Files stories, a beautifully crafted casefile with convincing and gorgeous Mulder/Krycek with a barely-R-rated sensibility, and [personal profile] podcath has done a beautiful reading and editing job on it. I'm almost to the end of it, and I'm all "Noooo! Don't end yet!".

  • Making more podfic. It's getting easier! I'm getting better at it! I recorded a whole non-fiction book for practice, and now I'm just tearing through Blue Skies From Rain. It's huge.

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