The man’s voice spoke again: “Are you very tired?”

“Oh, tonight I gave you my soul and I am dead!” Christine replied.

“Your soul is a beautiful thing, child,” replied the grave man’s voice, “and I thank you. No emperor ever received so fair a gift.”

- Phantom of the Opera - Gaston Leroux

speaktruthful  asked:

Kindred (of course), 10 and 13 :)

For the wonderful fanfic Q&A meme:  [x]

I answered number 10 here :)

13. What were my beta’s major comments about the first draft of this fic?

I didn’t have a beta when I started! Hahaha, this is the first fic I’ve ever written, so I was just experimenting on my own. I wasn’t really part of the fandom back then either. I didn’t know anyone else.

Eventually, I had some wonderful feedback from amplifyme. She is always far too kind though! I’m always worried about characterization, clarity, whether people can understand what’s going on. Some of her best advice for me was “never underestimate your readers.” She taught me that I can just go with the flow and be subtle without having to worry about whether people will understand the meaning of it all. And she’s always, always telling me to stop doubting myself hahhaha.

I’ve gotten amazing advice from lots and lots of people who haven’t been betas, though. My reviews for the story are surprising and amazing and incredibly uplifting too.


I was tagged by thepurplebus for the 6 selfie meme. Taking her lead, I present you with home life as selfies.

1. Where I spend the majority of my evenings. The pictures on the right are of me jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. Twice. Because once was not enough. The map above my desk should look familiar to a number of you.

2. My Sassy girl hanging out on her perch in the window, her favorite place in the world other than my lap.

3. The ASOIAF/All Things Sandor Shrine. All that’s missing are a couple of pieces of Kallie’s art. I need to rectify that soon.

4. Levon the brat cat, who loves to have his belly rubbed.

5. Green things.

6. Tuneage. I’m old school and like my music on discs as well as portable listening devices. I used to have a large collection of vinyl but that stayed with the ex.

Bonus: The top door of my fridge. Some of the peeps and things I love.

I’m tagging kallielef, smallestgrackle, speaktruthful, thehoundking, nobodysuspectsthebutterfly, ladytp

So this came from our darling speaktruthful yesterday… What an angel she is. She knitted these winter socks by hand and they are so perfect! They fit and are so so warm. They will look adorable with my boots. AND CHOCOLATE. MY FAVORITE THINNNNG. As you can probably tell, I already dug into it, heheh. My husband tried some (he doesn’t even like sweets) and he said it’s the best chocolate bar he’s ever had. It has almond crunch in it and it reminds me of Toblerone chocolate bars, but much much much better. I’m trying to savor it all week, but it’s hard to eat it slowly!
Speak, as always, you’re the best. The best! I was having a terrible day yesterday too, so this came just in time. It made me laugh when I was sad, so thank you a thousand times.