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I just started posting my very first BtVS fanfic from way back, "Where Do We Go From Here?", to gen_storyteller. It's a community for fanfiction that isn't centered around specific love interests. Although I don't have a problem with ships, almost none of my stories are centered on pairings, so it's nice to know there's a community out there for writers like me. Of course, almost everyone who's seeing this has already read the story -- but who knows? Maybe I'll pick up some new readers.

On a lower note, I have a cold. Again. It's the same friggin' cold I had in January -- shouldn't I still have some antibodies in me, or something?
I have to go, the Kleenex delivery truck is backing into the driveway.

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mygothangel
Mar. 5th, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
aww, sorry that you're sick! *hands you hot tea with honey, a blanket and some DVDs*

From my experience it's never the same cold, always a cousin :(

yay! for posting - so I can join the comm and finally read your verse from the beginning :)

*hugs*
ozma914
Mar. 6th, 2007 11:01 am (UTC)
Yeah for hot tea with honey! And I've been meaning to watch the last season of Angel again, before finishing my next big story, so the DVD's are much appreciated ...

My entire verse will, indeed, be posted there from the beginning ... as far as I can see I don't have a single fic that doesn't qualify as gen.
lilachigh
Mar. 5th, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC)
Maybe the germs came over the internet from England! I’m still recovering. Please don’t send them back. You can keep them. Honestly, no problem.
ozma914
Mar. 6th, 2007 10:50 am (UTC)
Well, I wouldn't want to be an indian giver ...
lilachigh
Mar. 6th, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
Indian giver? Two countries divided by a single language moment here.
vilajunkie
Mar. 6th, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
An indian giver is someone who gives you the very same thing that you just gave/bought them. Not a similar item, or one that looks the same, but the exact same item that you gift-wrapped and sent on its merry way. Apparently Indians (Native Americans) practiced the same thing. Or at least that's the rumor.
ozma914
Mar. 6th, 2007 11:51 pm (UTC)
Hm ... I was always told an indian giver was someone who gives you something as a gift, then asks for it back. Of course, I was a kid when we used to use that term commonly, so it's possible we got it wrong ...

I guess that's pretty unfair to Indians, in either case -- it's something that happens in all cultures! At least my mom always gives the same gift to someone *else*.
vilajunkie
Mar. 7th, 2007 02:41 am (UTC)
Maybe you're right, maybe I'm right, maybe we're both right. Either way(s), there's only one way to find out. Watch the episode of "Seinfeld" that mentions indian givers! To the library, Giles!
ozma914
Mar. 7th, 2007 06:42 am (UTC)
Why go to the library when we have the internet? :-)
Wikkepedia:

Indian giver is an American English expression used for any individual who gives something and then either takes it back or wants to take it back[1].

The expression Indian giver is based on the belief that Native Americans would lend items to the settlers, in other words, let them borrow necessities. The settlers thought that this was a gift from the Native Americans; hence, they were shocked when the Native Americans asked for their items back.

The expression also may have derived from the Native American tribes lack of a conception of property rights, which would have been an alien notion to European settlers. Most tribes utilized only communal property standards.

Some consider the phrase a racial stereotype because using the term to denote a person who takes back what they previously gave implies that Native Americans might commonly practice this. It also uses the term Indian to denote Native American, which can be offensive to some.

Look up Indian giving in
Wiktionary, the free dictionary.Indian Giver is also the title of a song by 1910 Fruitgum Company, covered (among others) by The Ramones, The Rockin' Ramrods, and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.

Further use of the expression includes the TV-Show Seinfeld[2]. In Dharma and Greg[3] the phrase "Native American giver" is used.

vilajunkie
Mar. 8th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
Internet 1 vilajunkie 0
Ok, fine fine. You win, Mark. I was wrong and you were right. But at least we learned something today right? Brought to you by the letter I and the color indian red. :)
ozma914
Mar. 8th, 2007 01:23 am (UTC)
Re: Internet 1 vilajunkie 0
Yeah, but ... how do we know Wikepedia was right? Just a thought. :-)
ozma914
Mar. 6th, 2007 11:36 pm (UTC)
:-) It's an expression meaning to take back something after you've given it to someone. Surely it's insulting to Native Americans, but since I am one I just look at it as making fun of myself.
kazzy_cee
Mar. 5th, 2007 02:36 pm (UTC)
Probably a different virus for this cold, but your immune system isn't coping very well. Is it still snowing?
ozma914
Mar. 6th, 2007 10:44 am (UTC)
Yep -- they're predicting another inch of snow tonight, and the temperature's in the single digits right now. None of my systems handle that kind of weather very well, but I'm holding up just fine. *sobs* *curls into fetal position around a box of Kleenex*
curiouswombat
Mar. 5th, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
Aaargh - stupid viruses! I think my mother's 'cure' of equal quantities of rum and honey works because all the viruses stagger around drunk, forget what they are meant to be doing (i.e. creating snot etc.) and possibly just get their feet stuck in the honey.
ozma914
Mar. 6th, 2007 09:58 am (UTC)
My stepdad used to give me a swig of whiskey when I had a cold. Jack Daniels. Probably its best effects were killing germs in my mouth and numbing the rest.
bloodytearslife
Mar. 5th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
Sorry you're sick again. You should try taking some echinacea. It'll help shorten your cold.
ozma914
Mar. 6th, 2007 09:16 am (UTC)
Why not? Snorting Draino didn't work. :-)
leap_to_faith
Mar. 6th, 2007 02:00 am (UTC)
hahah I saw your icon and it reminded me of belmonts show from spamalot "You are not dead yet . . ." remember???
ozma914
Mar. 6th, 2007 08:36 am (UTC)
I remember! :-)
myfeetshowit
Mar. 6th, 2007 02:49 am (UTC)
I think the human race no longer has antibodies. Somebody somewhere in this universe is developing viruses and we are the test tubes.

There is just no other explanation.
ozma914
Mar. 6th, 2007 08:35 am (UTC)
test tube, baby
That makes as much sense as any other explanation ...
spikereader
Mar. 6th, 2007 01:36 pm (UTC)
::passes you a tissue::

Hope the cold and the cold weather clear up soon, making you feel much better.

I'll admit to not having read your fic, so one day you'll pick up a new reader, as gen_storyteller is bookmarked for a rainy day.
ozma914
Mar. 6th, 2007 11:19 pm (UTC)
Well, you're far from the only one who hasn't read my fic, and I haven't read all of yours, either. There are just far too few hours in the day, and way too many real life demands on us. Wouldn't it be great to win the lottery, quit our jobs, hire a household staff, and spend our day just reading and writing? There's my favorite fantasy, although of course it also involves sex.
vilajunkie
Mar. 6th, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
I have to go, the Kleenex delivery truck is backing into the driveway.
Beep beep! :)
ozma914
Mar. 6th, 2007 11:53 pm (UTC)
Funny, that's the same sound I make when I try to breath through my nose ... :-)
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