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Dash O'Pepper
31 December 2036 @ 11:59 pm
While I do write a lot of fan fiction, I don't tend to post much of it. Some of my reasons include: just don't tend to feel that most of it is ready for primetime; I write for older, smaller and obscure fandoms, so there isn't much outside interest in my fan fic; some of my fics are Mary Sues and I don't wish to inflict my fanonverse on unsuspecting readers; and while I've done it (and likely will again), I'd prefer not to post WiPs.

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Dash O'Pepper
31 December 2036 @ 11:59 pm
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Dash O'Pepper
We just got through Irene -- high winds and heavy rains -- and except for power outages and two sheets of aluminium coming off the barn roof, we came through relatively unscathed.

With all the talk of the impending disaster of Irene (most probably because the storm was going to hit Washington, NYC and Boston), the remains of Lee received little attention.

While this time we didn't lose power, the continuous heavy rain was incredible. We're in a state of emergency; the nearest interstate is completely closed because parts of it are underwater; our little stream that runs through the stallion pasture has now been renamed as "a river runs through it"; we know of people whose houses no longer exist because creeks and streams overflowed to bursting and the beaver dams were washed away. And now we've got a leak in the roof (not totally unexpected as this is a 200+ year-old farmhouse); thankfully in an unused closet, but still a pain in the ass that's going to need to be repaired.

At least the city house is in one piece and survived Irene, though a lot of people in our neighbourhood did lose some lovely trees.
Dash O'Pepper
27 August 2011 @ 03:53 pm
It's still sunny out here, but Irene is on the way.

We've picked up the flyables; let the three stallions out of their pasture -- they now can run back into their pasture, run up and down the driveway or head into the hay barn, whatever their inclination.

I'm wondering how the city's going to fair. This is the first time in my memory that the subways have been closed prior to a storm's arrival. It's a lot easier to get around without the subway in Manhattan than it is in the outer boroughs, but Bloomberg never worries about the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens or Staten Island anyway.

I'm just hoping the house in the city doesn't wind up with a flooded basement.
Dash O'Pepper
Fandom: Hogan's Heroes
Title: "Bittersuite", Part One
1941 ~ I'll Be Home for Christmas, You Can Count on Me
Author: Dash O'Pepper
(*Originally posted at Fanfiction.net in 2003. This is one of the handles I can't access because I can't remember its e-mail address or password; otherwise, I would have removed it from Fanfiction.net before posting it here.)
Genre: Gen
Rating: 10+ (due to some language and themes)
Spoilers: N/A
Summary: It's December 1941, and Robert Hogan stands on the precipice of a very fateful decision.
Warning: Slang references are consistent with the time period.
Length: Short story
Status: Complete
Disclaimers: Hogan's Heroes is a registered trademark of Bing Crosby Productions and Viacom/Paramount. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" © 27 September 1943 by Walter Kent (music) and James "Kim" Gannon (words). This work of fan fiction is not meant in any way to infringe on copyrights already held by these companies, their subsidiaries and/or their estates.
Other: Based on the third season episode “Funny Thing Happened on the Way to London” (#3.05) by Laurence Marks.

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Dash O'Pepper
13 May 2011 @ 10:54 am
Part of me wants to congratulate cirtholien for his/her winning of this month's new Live Journal header. It's attractively composed (though the colour does remind me more of Insane Journal than Live Journal), and it's always nice when anyone gains recognition.

But, when I first saw it, something about the imagery bothered me. Something I couldn't quite place my finger on until I read cirtholien's profile. It would seem I wasn't mistaken, the image does give off a rather heavy Christian vibe. Maybe, for me, it wouldn't have seemed so heavy-handed had the image run during Lent or Holy Week/Easter, but I find it off-putting that an ostensibly secular service like Live Journal would be running a Christian-themed image.

And no, I'm not being anti-Christian, I'd be just as offput had the imagery been seeming to celebrate Wicca/New Age/Paganism, Judaism, Islam, Catholicism, Mormonism, or any other religious faith. I don't think I'd have had the same reaction had LJ run that "Coexistence" bumper sticker that attempts to be inclusive off all faiths (or none).

With reactionary conservative religions on the rise throughout the world, I'd have much preferred an image as welcoming to all faiths as it is to none.

Does anyone know of a way to hide this particular image? As a person who maintains their own spirituality, I find the decidedly pro-Christian theme somewhat offensive.
Dash O'Pepper
Fandom: Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Title: "Overture"
Author: Dash O'Pepper*
(*This was originally written under a previous handle in 1998/1999, and had been hosted on the Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea fan fiction site Bravo Zulu on the now-defunct Geocities.)
Genre: Gen
Rating: 10+ (for language and themes)
Spoilers: This is a prequel to the second season Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea episodes "The Phantom Strikes" (#2.17) and "The Return of the Phantom" (#2.26), as well as the fan fiction sequel of these episodes, Reprise by Theresa Karle.
Summary: As the Great War comes to a close, two naval captains face each other in a battle of wills for their lives and their souls.
Warning: Reincarnation; Character death (Note: in the original series, the character was already dead when we meet him; his death is just elaborated on here)
Length: Short story
Status: Completed
Disclaimers: Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is a registered trademark of 20th Century Fox and Irwin Allen Productions. All Rights Reserved. This work of fan fiction is not meant in any way to infringe on copyrights already held by these companies, their subsidiaries and/or their estates.
Notes: The author would like to thank Theresa Karle for allowing this prequel to her own fic. Thanks must also be extended to the fic's betas -- N & D -- this couldn't have been done without your help.
Other: To those who may have read this fic on other sites, please note that some minor edits have been made to the original copy.

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Dash O'Pepper
16 October 2010 @ 08:41 pm
Admittedly, fandom has given me insights into things online I'd probably still know nothing about. This, of course, is a double-edged sword: I try to walk away from conflict (or at the vey least limit my involvement); yet, I still haven't found enough brain bleach to erase some of Haywood's links or that one gal's real-life incest revelations on the old GAFF board.

Like most online interests, fandom has evolved its own language and terminology. Some has gone meta, and become a part of general online communication; other terms, we've kept amongst ourselves. Overall, though, it's pretty clear that panfandom members are among the leading edge of internet users.

In the past, I've tried to warn educate my non-fannish friends about things they might encounter: i can haz cheezeburger; lolcats; goatse; rick roll, etc. Be cautious. Always verify links before you click on them. Never open an attachment if you're not expecting one, and don't open e-mails from people you don't know. No, that guy in Nigeria is not going to be wiring $500,000 into your bank account. Avoid wank.

It's the last one that seems impossible for [some] people to comprehend. If someone's being an intentional bitch to you on a forum, talk to the moderator. Failing that, don't respond to personal attacks; block the user; don't bring offline info -- even if you've got visual evidence that the person is shagging the neighbour's giraffe -- into the argument.

Really, dear, I don't want to hear about your internet battle with some jackass online, and how you got the better of them. This was stale during the days of UseNet; so, you can't even begin to imagine how putrified it is now.

You're a nice person, and I love you dearly, but please shut the hell up!
Dash O'Pepper
28 June 2009 @ 06:15 pm
I've written and re-written this post a number of times, trying to remove the rage, hurt and anger emotions I've been experiencing since this debate started.

There have been people who have shocked and disgusted me by what they've said, from calling rape/abuse survivors "privileged" to outright insulting someone who bared her soul to explain that the issue regarding warnings is far different from being inconvenienced by clicking on a light-fluffy-bunny fic and encountering instead a bunny-fluffy-light fic. [Warning: Very explicit discussion of sexual assault and the nature, anatomy, cause & effect of triggers. Is itself triggery.]

So in response, I've attempted to pick out the most representative among the anti-warning/I warn only for X/warnings are fine, except when they're not comments, and answer them as unemotionally as possible . . . Read more...Collapse )
Dash O'Pepper
05 June 2009 @ 03:27 pm
When we first found Tigger, he looked like a drowned rat. And even after getting him back from the vet, he was still scraggly looking. I don't want to get my hopes up too high, as he's still got a long way to go, but we have noticed some improvement. His coat is nice and shiny, and he's actually attempting to groom himself.

There's now a really handsome, though still shy, cat coming out -- which makes me even madder that so many people in this day and age still think animals are disposable.
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