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Newish Spuffy writer [personal profile] puddinhead  (aka thepuddinhead) has started posting the sequel to Yours, William and it is already a gripping, ripping yarn! If you, like me, have a big ol' yen for historical time-travel fic that has fun characterizations, a little action, a little sex, and a lot of culture-clash, well, you should be reading along. Ms. P is a history teacher, but clearly the kind that knows how to make the dusty olden days come alive on the page.

If you want to jump right in, the premise of Yours, William is that post-series Buffy asks to go back in time to pre-vampire William, and ends up in the body of one of his household staff, without slayer powers, but with all her memories intact. Wackiness ensues, romance blooms, someone finds his inner badass a little earlier than anticipated, obstacles are faced and overcome, and when the time comes, Buffy decides to do the honorable thing. My Elizabeth begins with the happy couple boarding a boat for their new life in America, but something nasty awaits them in the cargo hold. In just three chapters (so far) there are old enemies, new enemies, new friends, the challenges of Victorian-era ocean travel and etiquette, and it looks like things are going to take a major turn soon. *anticipates* The prose is lean, the vision clear, and it's a heckuva lot of fun.

You can read My Elizabeth on LiveJournal, Dreamwidth, TheSpuffyRealm, or Elysian Fields (if you're a member).

The elephant in the room is unbridled_b's Forward to Time Past, against which all Buffy/William stories must inevitably be compared — and for good reason. Repeat after me: gold standard! Rest assured, [personal profile] puddinhead 's series is entirely different in scope and tone, largely because the Buffy we meet is in a much better place emotionally, and has chosen this journey for specific reasons, mindful that Spike was capable of selfless and noble action. For me, it's really interesting to see how much of a difference that makes.

You should also all be reading msjane's award-winning Time's Fool, a 40-years-in-the-future fic that just keeps getting better.

And now, a plea for HTML help! How do you put in both DW and LJ "user name links" in the same post? I've seen it happen in other people's posts, but the code is eluding me! I'd like to know before my [community profile] seasonal_spuffy  posting day. *puppy eyes* Thanks, Snick!

Happy almost-Autumn, everybody!

This entry was originally posted at http://rebcake.dreamwidth.org/19092.html. Please comment here or there using OpenID.

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snickfic
Sep. 22nd, 2011 09:27 pm (UTC)
If you're on LJ, you can make a DW username using the code found at the bottom of the profile page of the DW journal in question. (For example, see at the bottom of the [community profile] seasonal_spuffy page, in the field that says, To link to this user, copy this code: Elsewhere. )

If you're on DW, you can make an LJ username by including "site=livejournal.com" inside your username code, as shown here. (You can also do this for A03, Twitter, and a few other blog-type sites, as listed at that page.)

I feel as though surely there must somewhere be a "Everything you need to know about DW if you're coming from LJ" page, but I haven't found it yet, so I keep muddling along with the FAQ. *g*

Edited at 2011-09-22 09:28 pm (UTC)
rebcake
Sep. 22nd, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
Oooh! Thanks! Very helpful!
gryfndor_godess
Sep. 23rd, 2011 12:37 am (UTC)
There's this "Guide to Dreamwidth for LiveJournal Users," but I don't know if this is the FAQ you mean you already use.

http://www.dreamwidth.org/support/faqbrowse?faqid=121
snickfic
Sep. 23rd, 2011 12:42 am (UTC)
That one's moderately useful, but the more in-depth stuff (like the answer to Reb's question) I just get from the main FAQ. I have to hunt around for it, though, you know?
thepuddinhead
Sep. 23rd, 2011 10:55 am (UTC)
Wow and stuff
Rebcake, you're too kind to me. You've been so welcoming and it means more to me than you know. Now I'm going to have like...double-digit friends on LJ! For reals! And upwards of 5 on DW! (I should probably learn how to 'drive' them at this point, doncha think?)

Thanks so much for the recommendations. Your far-too-kind words really helped jolt me into finishing chapter 4 which is (I'm sure you can understand) kind of sucky to write. Even though the story is a little emo right now, I have had so much fun researching what's to come. (Spoiler free) A few side trips into 1880s issues about female sexuality and race relations (not concurrently, however!)

Thanks again sweetie - and glad you're loving MsJane's tale as well. I just love the stuffin' out of her! (And her talent!)
rebcake
Sep. 23rd, 2011 04:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow and stuff
Pshaw! It's in everybody's interest when the good stuff is finding its audience. *iz secretly thrilled to inspire work on next chapter*

I'm guessing your recent move is bringing out a lot of the stuff that's making your Warren so vile, which makes me look forward to the Victorian-era race relations stuff, etc. (OMG! Is Buffy going to be "hysterical"? Say it ain't so... (Though, if so, you might be interested in taking a look at Herself's Bittersweet Series, especially the second "Mrs. Grieves" story, when the unhappy couple are in Italy. I doubt it would be a lot like what you have planned, but it might be interesting to see how a different William deals with an out-of-control bride.)
thepuddinhead
Sep. 24th, 2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow and stuff
You'll see the answers to the hysterical question posted now. And damn girl - give me back my brain! How'd you know that? I have had so much fun researching cures for hysteria. It's why I had to introduce the good doctor in chapter 2.

I wanted this story to mirror the first one - only instead of a wise but tired warrior who wants to lay down arms and be with William, we get the Buffy we know. And William isn't the weak boy or the monster - but the man that he always was inside, brought out with Elizabeth's help. SO as the last story, they were trapped in the damned house - this one, they're on the road. And the first two words are the title of this one (and focus on her journey) whereas the last book was titled the last two words (and focused on his).

All this juicy feedback is rejuvinating my story! I was feeling tired and talentless before. How the hell did Steinbeck write without the interwebs - I ask you!!
thepuddinhead
Sep. 24th, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
OOps
And I was just pointed towards Herself by Msjane earlier this summer. I haven't read the Mrs. Grieves stories yet - now I'm thinking I should write mine first and *then* read them so I don't subconciously copy them (or the more likely option, get so overwhelmed by her talent that I crawl under a rock!!)
rebcake
Sep. 26th, 2011 03:18 pm (UTC)
Re: OOps
Heh. I don't think there's any danger of you copying Herself. You've got a very different journey you've put these guys on. Her talent is indeed immense, but I've always found it inspiring. I wouldn't be here without her, as corresponding with her is what led me to finally comprehend this idea of "fandom community".

I continue to marvel at the way that the excellent writers never seem to be excellent in the same way, you know?
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