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Science fiction writer Octavia Butler died 10 years ago today at the age of 58 and left her papers to The Huntington. We’re celebrating her today by sharing a variety of items from her collection throughout the day.

Pictured here are some of Butler’s handwritten notes on writing and what it means to be a writer.

Learn more about Butler and her archive at http://huntington.org/octaviabutler/, and to find out about “Radio Imagination,” an amazing yearlong Octavia Butler project that Los Angeles arts organization Clockshop (@clockshopla​) is putting on, head to http://clockshop.org/project/radio-imagination/

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Handwritten notes by Octavia E. Butler, ca. 1980. Octavia E. Butler papers. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

Pages of handwritten notes from one of Octavia E. Butler’s commonplace books, undated. Octavia E. Butler papers. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

Page of handwritten notes on inside cover of one of Octavia E. Butler’s commonplace books, 1987. Octavia E. Butler papers. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

When you make the mistake of not checking when the fic was last updated and you get to the last chapter only to see it hasn’t been updated since 1894

Originally posted by rexisky

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Twin Souls: Chapter 4 Is Up!

This fanfic is based on the Two Ciels Theory in Black Butler/Kuroshitsuji and we are so excited to share it with you! New chapter EVERY THURSDAY! Chapter 4 just went up so check it out!

Co-written with @thebrat-prince-reborn
Go check them out!

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That Butler: Exorcist - Southern_Breeze - Kuroshitsuji | Black Butler [Archive of Our Own]
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Kuroshitsuji | Black Butler
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Sebastian Michaelis, Ciel Phantomhive, Undertaker (Kuroshitsuji)
Additional Tags: fake demonic possession, real demon, Exorcism
Summary:

This is based on an idea I initially posted on Tumblr. Ciel is sent on a mission where he encounters someone falsely claiming to be possessed by a demon. This claim is overheard, which leads to Sebastian having to assist in an exorcism.

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Seven Nation Army - DareDreemer, TiBun, Xenobia - Kuroshitsuji | Black Butler [Archive of Our Own]
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

Chapters: 29/?
Fandom: Kuroshitsuji | Black Butler
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence, Major Character Death
Relationships: Alan Humphries/Eric Slingby, Ronald Knox/William T. Spears, Grell Sutcliff/Undertaker
Characters: Eric Slingby, Alan Humphries (Kuroshitsuji), William T. Spears, Ronald Knox, Undertaker - Character, Original Character, Lawrence Anderson, Grell Sutcliff
Additional Tags: Explicit Sexual Content, Oral Sex, Character Death, Violence, Mpreg, Alternate Universe, Humor, Romance, Drama, Action, Torture, Gore, Tragedy, Slingphries, Ronalliam, Grelltaker, Bottom Ronald, bottom Grell, Bottom Alan, top Eric, Top William, Top Undertaker
Summary:

A hostile takeover of Dispatch is in the works, and the reapers find themselves caught in the middle of it. Some join the enemy, while others resist or stay neutral. The bonds of friendship and loyalty are put to the ultimate test as the opposition threatens to take over all branches globally.

So be it! See to it!

The papers of the great science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler are here at The Huntington, and we are super excited to team up with Los Angeles arts organization Clockshop (@clockshopla​) on Radio Imagination, a yearlong series of events celebrating Butler’s life and work. The project centers on a series of artist and writer commissions to create new works based on the Butler archive here at The Huntington. Other partners include the Armory Center for the Arts and the Library Foundation of Los Angeles’ ALOUD series.

Read more in “Celebrating Octavia Butler” on VERSO, and head to Clockshop to find out more about Radio Imagination.

caption: Handwritten notes on inside cover of one of Octavia E. Butler’s commonplace books, 1988. Octavia E. Butler papers. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

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Out Of The Frying Pan - thaliaarche - Kuroshitsuji | Black Butler [Archive of Our Own]
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Kuroshitsuji | Black Butler
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Baldroy/Sebastian Michaelis
Characters: Baldroy (Kuroshitsuji), Sebastian Michaelis, Mey-Rin (Kuroshitsuji)
Additional Tags: Cooking, Hot sauce, Ageism, Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Fluffiest Thing I’ve Written In Ages, Or Is It …
Summary:

Bard owns and runs an experimental restaurant named “Phoenix.” Sebastian Michaelis keeps trashing the food, yet he doesn’t stop coming back for more …

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The Crowned Prince of Hell - KuroNezushi - Kuroshitsuji | Black Butler [Archive of Our Own]
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

Chapters: 16/?
Fandom: Kuroshitsuji | Black Butler
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Sebastian Michaelis/Ciel Phantomhive, Claude Faustus/Alois Trancy, William T. Spears/Grell Sutcliff, Diedrich/Vincent Phantomhive
Characters: Sebastian Michaelis, Ciel Phantomhive, Alois Trancy, Claude Faustus, Grell Sutcliff, William T. Spears, Rachel Phantomhive, Vincent Phantomhive, Diedrich (Kuroshitsuji), Angelina Dalles | Madame Red, others - Character
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Drama, Angst, Romance, Implied/Referenced Rape/Non-con, Implied/Referenced Abuse, Implied/Referenced Homophobia, Rich kid!Ciel, demon!Sebastian, Haphephobia, Panic Attacks, Anxiety, Character Deaths
Summary:

Sebastian’s a half demon half human. Being the son of Satan, he is royalty; He always knew he wanted to be the next king of hell, but when his father sent him to earth to discover more about his human side, he meets a rather interesting human named Ciel that makes him reconsider everything. As problems presents themselves, Sebastian is going to have to surpass these challenges and then make a choice. Is he going to choose Ciel over the throne? Or is he going to choose power over love?

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The Huntington’s Education staff recently formed a partnership with WriteGirl, a Los Angeles-based creative writing and mentoring organization that, according to the WriteGirl website, “launched in December 2001 to bring the skills and energy of professional women writers to teenage girls who do not otherwise have access to creative writing or mentoring programs.” Huntington reader Ayana Jamieson is the founder of the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network, a group of scholars, artists, activists, and fans devoted to the works of science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler, whose papers reside at The Huntington. Jamieson helped develop curriculum for the partnership, which included a one-day creative writing workshop at The Huntington using Butler materials. She shares a description of the day.

Happy Birthday, Octavia Butler!

Today on VERSO, in “Writing Herself In,” Ayana Jamieson talks about a recent creative writing workshop that involved some of the Butler archive, which was acquired by The Huntington in 2009.

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Octavia E. Butler near Mt. Shuksan, in the state of Washington, 2001. Photographer unknown. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

The Butler archive, which The Huntington acquired in 2009, includes more than 35 cartons (350 boxes) of correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, and ephemera. Photo by Kate Lain.

(Note: When we originally posted this, we quoted from the VERSO post. The wording of that bit of the blog post has changed a little in response to a great note from racheldoinglines, and the quote block above now reflects that.)