June 12, 2009

Once upon a time…

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 9:33 pm by vrtrakowski

Going on just about five years ago now, I started swapping PMs on YTDAW with a writer I deeply admired.  She wrote marvelous stories with original ideas, beautifully realized characters, and sometimes extremely hot smut as well.  It took a bit of courage the first time, to ask her if she was a fan of Blake’s 7 too, but she sent back a friendly cheerful note, and we were off.

I can’t say the rest is history, because it’s still present!  😛  We discovered we were both fans of Jim Brass, and I was totally flattered and floored when she asked me to look over her WIP.  I sent her mine as well, and then she completely blew my circuits by asking me if I wanted to collaborate with her.  I’d say it was karma, but that was the sequel.  *grin*

Now we are several collaborations down the road, along with innumerable plot bunnies, many finished fics, and still a few in process.  We’ve exchanged PMs and IMs and e-mails and Tweets and phone calls.  We’ve chatted, complained, betaed, commiserated, teased, and most of all laughed. And dreamed, and dreamed, and dreamed…

She’s one of the best writers I know, and one of the kindest, most generous people.  She’s introduced me to several excellent books, at least one TV series, and is the reason I get lovely cards from many of my favorite characters at Christmas and my birthday.  She’s a born teacher and a forgiving soul; she puts up with my whining, my spaceiness, my occasional freakouts, my dry spells, and my recurring need to rewrite something to death.  She’s given me plot ideas, titles, lines, and banners; told me gently, and repeatedly, where I was going wrong; and cheered me on when a persistent bunny stole our time and my attention.

She lets me share her stories, read ahead and find out what happens before anyone else.  She listens when I go on about a fandom she doesn’t share.  She cheers me up when I’m feeling depressed, and never lets me lose faith in my own writing.  She sends me beautiful gifts and leaves me lavish feedback.  She’s the sister of my heart and my very best friend, and we do get along so well for people who’ve never actually met…

Cincoflex, I’m utterly glad that you’ve reached your 49th birthday, and I am anticipating many, many more.  You make the world a much better place, for me and for others, and not just with your stories.  The happiest of birthdays to you, dearest–at least until next year!  ♥


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