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07 January 2002 @ 11:29 pm
Had lunch with Drew and katchoo_too at Over the Border -- very tasty (and filling) tortilla soup. Stopped by Avenue on the way back for Katchoo to pick up some new shirts, and discovered that they were having a half-off sale. Picked up a couple of things, since I need more long sleeved shirts and also interview clothes. I'm feeling a little wary about spending money on clothes, given the big checks I've had to write for COBRA and stuff the last few days, but my severance for Sun came through and next week the government starts sending me money, so I'm still feeling okay on the budget front. Left a message with January at Taos to see what's up.

Also discovered that there are no paperback copies, used or new, of Return of the King anywhere in Mountain View, and no way was I paying for a trade paperback or hardback. Fortunately Drew has a copy to loan me. Rereading LotR the cheap way! Just got to Book IV, which has always been the hardest for me to get through. Not because it's not compelling, but because the nice hobbitses suffer so and it's hard to take. Sniff.

Wandered around the net, and concluded that wow, most LotR slash is Really Bad, even beyond the usual 90 percent of everything is crap. Even the ones that are reasonably well written just don't fly; I think it's because Tolkien's world was so determinedly sexless. It's hard to picture even the canon pairs having sex.

Did however find the truly hysterical Diaries of various LotR characters.
Loligololigo on January 8th, 2002 05:01 pm (UTC)
Wandered around the net, and concluded that wow, most LotR slash is Really Bad, even beyond the usual 90 percent of everything is crap.

Laura!! Hi! So good to find you again!

Yes, right you are about the crap. In fact, I only went looking for LOTR slash in order to mock it, because truly there is very little thematic or emotional space for sex of any sort anywhere in the series. But much to my surprise, I actually found one writer who writes rather moving and in-character Frodo/Sam: her name's Victoria Bitter/VB, and you can find her stuff here http://www.femgeeks.net/tolkien/archive.html (search authors under V). But that was the only thing in my several hours of searching that merited even a glance.
Lauratavella on January 10th, 2002 01:21 am (UTC)
Hiya! I saw you in another livejournal and knew that there could only be one Loligo. Congrats on the kidlet to be.

Hmm, that is pretty good stuff, especially _Phantom Pain_. Granted I have not yet dared the NC-17 stories yet :) I did find some Tolkien fanfic that was good while wandering, but ol' JRR's anti-sex shield is so powerful that the moment you move beyond a chaste kiss I get yanked right out of suspension of disbelief. minette said it well.

Alix (Tersa)tersa on January 9th, 2002 02:00 pm (UTC)
I saw a copy of all three books (reprints) at Printers Inc or whatever the heck its being called now, at Castro & Dana. Did you try there?