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BobSchroeck
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Oct-22-01, 01:26 PM (EST)
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"Reading "Symphony" To My Wife..."
 
   Well, on Friday, I finished reading NXE to Peggy (more about that in the appropriate area), and I gave her a choice of what I would read to her next.

Now, normally, giving Peggy a choice -- any kind of choice -- is like invoking the old saw about the mule between two piles of hay. You could grow old and exhaust your retirement funds waiting for an answer if you don't force her to pick one, fast. (Where "fast" is on the order of the half-life of Carbon-12.)

Anyway, I presented a rather good (in my opinon) Ranma fic ("Genma's Daughter" by Deb Goldsmith, for those who care), and (because we'd just finished fansubs of the entire run of Utena the night before) "Symphony".

Peg looked at me and asked, "Symphony is by Gryphon, right?"

"Yes," I replied.

"Then I want to hear Symphony. Gryphon writes quality stories."

(So there, all you Eyrie-haters. <grin>)

So I started reading Wounded Rose to her on Friday night. Last night (Sunday), at 11:30 PM EDT, I finished Christmas Rose, and this morning I had to assure her I'd have A Rose for the New Year printed out for further reading tonight.

My god, man, you've created a monster. <grin>

This is Peggy's first exposure to the UF universe, and I think she's enjoying it quite a bit, although I do have to fill in a lot of background for her where it's necessary (which acutally hasn't been often). I have been ordered to let Gryphon know that she is delighted by Azalynn and Devlin. (Devlin's trademark "I'm not X, but I -am- Y" catchphrases usually end up making her roll off the couch laughing.) She also appears to be identifying strongly with Kate. (When we got to the Mike Carpenter sequence, I wasn't allowed to stop reading for close to two hours.) She is properly puzzled in all the right places about what's going on with Saionji and Miki's arrivals, too, and I can't wait until we get to "Azalynn's Winter Break," "The Courtship of Princess Dessler" and Juri's arrival to see how she takes the developments therein.

I just hope I don't run out of Symphony before Gryphon's finished the next parts! I could get seriously killed... <grin>

-- Bob
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Please to remember
Eleven September --
Hijack, destruction and plot.
Our outraged reaction
To terrorist action
Should never be forgot.

-- Bob
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My race is pacifist and does not believe in war. We kill only out of personal spite.


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kevncody
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Oct-22-01, 10:41 PM (EST)
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1. "RE: Reading "Symphony" To My Wife..."
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   LAST EDITED ON Oct-22-01 AT 10:42 PM (EDT)

Bob:

It sounds like another convert to excellent writing. Of course,
since she's constantly exposed to good wrinting (yours), it is
logical she would recognize UF SOS as good writing from a -good-
author.

Kevin Cody
Pre-Reader for Drunkard's Walk 2 and Liquid Courage
(OK, so I'm biased...)


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Offsides
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Oct-23-01, 02:11 AM (EST)
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2. "RE: Reading "Symphony" To My Wife..."
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   >Peg looked at me and asked, "Symphony is by Gryphon, right?"
>
>"Yes," I replied.
>
>"Then I want to hear Symphony. Gryphon writes quality stories."
>
And I suppose all the torturing of Peggy with SOS references at MepaCon (and afterwards) had nothing to do with it... :)

Offsides

#include <dontworryitsanotherUFreference.h>

#91;...#93; in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.
-- David Ben Gurion
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#include <stdsig.h>


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BobSchroeck
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Oct-23-01, 08:12 AM (EST)
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3. "RE: Reading "Symphony" To My Wife..."
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   >And I suppose all the torturing of Peggy with SOS references at
>MepaCon (and afterwards) had nothing to do with it... :)

Actually, I think those all went over her head, except for "For the Revolution of the Restaurant!", which she heard a dozen times or so, with footnotes and annotations and the circles and the arrows and the paragraph on the back of each one...

-- Bob
---------------
Please to remember
Eleven September --
Hijack, destruction and plot.
Our outraged reaction
To terrorist action
Should never be forgot.

-- Bob
-------------------
My race is pacifist and does not believe in war. We kill only out of personal spite.


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