this is gonna be weird

Sally Odgers sodgers at
Wed Nov 17 11:36:44 EST 2004

Steeping into a shop.....


Please don't, Deb. I get stuff like this as assessment mss!


----- Original Message ----- 
From: <deborah.dwj at>
To: <dwj at>
Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2004 3:25 AM
Subject: Re: this is gonna be weird

> On Wed, 17 Nov 2004 minnow at wrote:
> |I know I am ignorant of fanfiction, and I have to ask: apart from the
> |mention of Kingsbury, which I will agree is the name of a town in a DWJ
> |book, has this got anything at all to do with DWJ's work?  Or is it set
> |Fantasyland, and that's the only link?
> Minnow, I will never forgive you for asking the questions which sent me
> to go read this story.  Never.
> (To answer your general question, there are some quality stories in
> which the only thing in common with the source work is, say, a shared
> metaphysics.  For example, a Buffy fanfiction story could tell the tale
> of a slayer in 4th century Norway.)
> And to punish you, I'm going to share more of this story, to be found at
> (Disclaimer: I am a terrible bad evil person.  I wholly want all people
> to be DWJ fans, the more the better.  So I should state for the record
> that I am not mocking the author, Moonlight at midnight, I am mocking
>, for its discouragement of beta-readers and genuine constructive
> criticism.  I would also like to state for the record that when I was at
> the age Moonlight at midnight is probably at, I, too, wrote Mary Sues
> (unsubtle author inserts in which I was the coolest person on the planet
> and the heroes all luuurrved me).  But there was no internet per se, so
> I wrote them on looseleaf paper and then burned them.  Or something.
> Thus I am also mocking the internet.
> And I admit I am mocking M at M's spelling, as in this gem, from her
> Chrestomanci tale "The Angel": "Dragon Noles was used to everything her
> sister did to her such as steal her angle-like-quality".  'Cause Dragon,
> poor dear, was obtuse?
> My horribleness acknowledged, let's get on with it.)
> I quote:
> "Chapter Four.In which Daria gets into Trouble
> ...
> Daria turned her glare on Brittany, if looks could kill, this one would
> of killed Brittany several times over! Gee golly gosh, the glare she
> gave Brittany was worse then a Howl glare, and a Sophie glare put
> together.
> ...
> .Pardon me, but you three know who that girl was?. The flower shop guy
> asked.
> .What.s it to you?. Daria asked hostility once again in her voice.
> .I.m just curious if I should alert the king, that.s all,. The man
> replied.
> .Well then if that.s the case,. Daria said with fake enthusiasm, that
> anybody, with half a brain, could see through, .That was The Witch of
> the Waste, you see she came striding into our camp, requiring some help.
> Apparently Wizard Howl, who ever the hell he is, put wards up to keep
> her from getting into Ingary and causing a lot of trouble. Yeah, so in
> my fit of righteous, here that Brit RIGHTEOUS anger, I brought his wards
> down, and now she is loose in Ingary, probably with my very magical
> staff, having what one would call .long over due fun!. Isn.t that just
> grand?.
> The man gulped, .Is that so? Would you three fine young ladies mind
> steeping into my shop for a few minutes?.
> ...
> All three of the girls gave each other confusing looks. Then walked in
> who they believed was Sophie. She had ginger hair, and blue eyes, (a/n
> did they ever tell what color Sophie.s eyes are?) then came in a fire
> demon, which Daria assumed was Calcifer. Mary and Brittany gasped; Daria
> just gave an unimpressed look.
> ...
> Chapter Seven. In Which Morgan gets back from School
> ...
> During the argument Howl and Sophie.s other children were secretly
> pinning one parent against the other.
> .Mom will win this one, I know it!. said the third eldest in the family
> who had much of his mom in him.
> .Don.t be stupid Mathew! Dad will win this one, after all he has more
> magic then mom!. Scarlet told him, who was in fact the second eldest.
> -deborah
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> If we've learned a little wisdom? -- _Jade_, Sally Watson
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