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June 21st, 2005

Boys with toys

I spent most of the weekend burning things, as my fire department had an old house to train in, and then remove, to make way for an office. On Monday we burned down a large shed in the area. Public service for them, training for us. Having been to quite a few of those training burns over the years, I've come to the conclusion that there's a very fine line, indeed, between firefighters and arsonists. The trick is to not let any of the people who cross that line onto the fire department.
The other trick, I discovered just this weekend, is to make sure the fire department's expensive digital camera doesn't get too close to the flames, but luckily only my hand was singed.

fanfiction

I've been writing for many years, but I'm on Live Journal, specifically, because of fanfiction. After the final episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", my daughter and I were both dissatisfied, because we wanted to know what the heck happened next to all those characters gathered around a big hole in the ground. She convinced me to write that next story, and I did, then spent several weeks looking for a place to post it ... because, after all, what's the point of writing a story if people don't read it? I'd already known fanfiction existed, but it wasn't until later that I realized just how pervasive it was.

So I ended up at www.fanfiction.net, where you'll find me under the username Ozma914. But not just with one story ... with 11. Fanfiction, you see, is highly addictive -- nobody bothered to warn me about that part. Having my fiction read and reviewed is even more addictive, so I landed here partially in an attempt to find more readers, who will hopefully buy my published novels someday.

But in the meantime, writing stories about one's favorite characters is lots of fun, even if it doesn't get me published, and who knows? Maybe Joss Whedon will stumble across my almost novel-length "Where Do We Go From Here", and turn it into a Buffy novelization. But I doubt it.

For those of you who do decide to check my stories out, they're all set in my own personal Buffy universe, which means they lead chronologically from one to the next (except for the odd "Xander's Walk") It's not necessary to read the first in order to understand the rest, but it might be helpful.

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