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For some reason that I don't understand, I can't link up my Windows Live Writer with my dreamwidth account. I get a 401 Not Authorized error.

I guess I won't be posting any more here than I already do. ETA: I checked the FAQ and put what I thought was the proper blogger address thing in. (http://www.dreamwidth.org/interface/blogger) Still got an error. :shrugs:
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Within just a day, I’ve had the pleasure of hauling out my Thunderbirds knowledge (with all the attendant books and other paraphernalia) to help a couple of fellow fanfic writers and personal friends. It was certainly fun, especially all the stuff about Alan Tracy’s educational background. Add to this my posting the first chapter of one of my short stories (Burning Muses) at AO3 and uploading a new post to my RP, and I’m full of Thunderbirds at the moment. It’s given me quite a hunger for fic and for writing or editing what I already have up. I edited the first chapter of Burning Muses, making it tighter. In many respects it was like my edit of the little scene I wrote a few days ago. The changes I made brought forth Brains’s voice and made him less … poetic. (Because if Brains is anything, it is NOT poetic.)

Then, there was the chatter at the dinner table. We went from Gosford Park to Downton Abbey (which we have not seen) to Acorn (which streams Downton Abbey), and then to Netflix – where movies are more plenteous in DVD than in streaming. This led to BBC America (and how we could get it on cable), to other premium cable services, to Game of Thrones and whether or not the TV series matched the novels. That particular thought brought out movies that didn’t match their source material – Boy #2 brought up the Percy Jackson movie (The Lightning Thief). This brought the whole shebang back to … Thunderbirds! The Girl’s comment: “I knew there was another kids movie like that! ” Hubby brought up that Frakes had said in an post-film interview that he directed the movie that the producers wanted, even though he knew the fans would be “annoyed by it” (Hubby’s words, not Frakes’s.) I promptly chimed in. “Annoyed? Annoyed?” Which, of course, is far too mild a term to describe the old guard’s intense hatred of the film.

Maybe if he’d stayed closer to the source material, we’d have had another Thunderbirds movie. After all,  there will be another Percy Jackson film, coming out this year.

Some fandoms get all the luck…

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Inspired by my former background at twitter (a pale gray background with slightly darker gray stripes and gray cats), I've created my own tileable graphic in GIMP. I've posted it to my twitter feed and, frankly, I love the way it looks. I used the colors and the cat of my personal logo (along with another cat from that particular font), staggered them, and put them on a striped background.

Yeah, I'm sure this is beginner stuff for some of you but... ;)
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Have you ever had someone in your life who wants to rewrite their history? Instead of being seen as acting selfish, or vain, or jealous, or generally unhinged, they want you to edit things you have said to make them look good? To remove those times when they were selfish, or vain, or jealous, or whatever else they might have done?

I have.

Since 2006, someone has been so obsessed with the way they look to others that they’ve wanted me to erase or lock or ignore what they’ve said and did to me… mostly by harassing me into locking up journal entries that showed a less-than-perfect side to them. The main portion of the harassment happened in August 2008 (two full years after the event that made me vent so strongly about it), but just today I received two more emails about that whole subject. I really should have gone with what I’d said in my last missive to this woman back in 2008, and opened up all the posts to public scrutiny. Since she contacted me twice, even after I specifically told her not to, I will likely file a complaint with her ISP. She has written me emails using new addresses that I’ve had to block. She has been stalking my blogs and my personal sites, and the whole gist of it is, that though I forgave her of what she did long, long ago, she can’t let it go. She won’t let it go. She has to look perfect, and so she wants all that time, and everything she did and said swept under the rug and forgotten.

During the last bout of harassment, I really tried to be patient. I tried to explain my side of things. I did as much as I was going to… which fell short of actually deleting my vents and complaints about what happened. And when some of those vents and posts reappeared due to a migration from one service to another, that’s when she decided it was time to revisit the situation. So, since she couldn’t contact me using my new blog, she had to stalk my personal site and contact me from there. She knew that she couldn’t use my normal address as I had probably blocked all the addresses she had used before. In fact, I think she used one of her mother’s addresses to email me this time. Her second email (after I’d specifically told her not to respond) just showed me how much she just has to excuse her actions.

In that last email, she promised to stop. Somehow, I know that if I write anything at all about the situation again, I’ll be hearing from her… unless, that is, her ISP takes her internet privileges away.

This post is public, which I warned her I would make it. Comments by non-friends are screened by default. If you want any more information on the specifics, I will be glad to give them to you.

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Just giving the old lj a facelift for the moment. Most of the styles I really like are for paid accounts and I will not pay for an account here (or anywhere else other than my own site). Hope it's readable and all. I might change it again in a few days if I find I don't like it, but this looked good at first glance.
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Has anyone else had this happen to them?

I did some Google-fu on IR:TNP because a friend said she had, and couldn't find anything. The first things that came up were my last two lj posts on the subject, along with some links about the RP, and lots of info on the DNA material called IR tnp. I cruised through the various mentions, and came on an lj that had IR:TNP in it... somewhere. It was found by LJ Seek, but as I accessed the journal, I found that this person had nothing to do with our RP. I couldn't even find the RP's name on her journal. Then I recognized that the IR:TNP was followed by some of my other tags... for some reason my tags had gotten mixed up with this person's account. Don't know why or how, but I think it was something odd from LJ Seek, not Google.

But that's not the really bizarre part. One of the last Google matches was a blog on Blogspot, one that was for a guy. Yeah, a guy. He - if it was a he - had a few entries for 2005. And one of them was mine. A blog entry about my writing spree on Masquerade, then doing housework. I knew it was mine when I read it, and I had to wonder: why? Why me? Who does something like that? This guy even had an entry written in Spanish (it looked like Spanish, and certainly wasn't French - though it could just as easily been Portuguese or Italian). All these very disparate blog entries and I'll bet dollars to donuts that not one of them was his. 

Again, who does something like this? I've heard about someone who posted the journal of a popular, well-respected writer who had passed away, plagiarizing her fanfiction and her thoughts, claiming them as his own. When pressed about it, he gave some song and dance about having known the deceased, yadda, yadda. No one believed him. Is this a prevalent thing, this copying of someone's life? Stitching together bits and pieces of others' experiences to create a sham one of your own? It almost feels like dealing with "Lucie" all over again, especially when she was doing all that copy/pasting bits and pieces of fics, and adding some of her own illegible and incoherent sentences to make it "new". Had it been a more personal entry (or he'd continued doing it), I might have had the same sucker-punch-to-the-gut feeling I had when I was plagiarized. As it is, I feel more of a blink-blink-blink-I-can't-believe-it confusion.

The blog only encompassed a few months in 2005, and seems to be abandoned, for which I'm grateful. I don't think I'm going to pursue it any further. If it was an active blog, yeah. I'd scream bloody murder. But at this point it seems to be moot. I doubt I could find the owner at this date, and if I did, I doubt he'd do anything. This one isn't worth fighting about, and I've learned to choose my battles.

Speaking of battles, there's a self-proclaimed flamer on ff.net who has written a foul-mouthed "review" on JulesDPM's latest fic. I've read the story, and it doesn't deserve what this troll is dishing out. She's doing it for kicks, and for the response. So any of you Thunderbirds fans out there, please go by and report the flame as abuse, which is exactly what it is. Just report, don't respond. Thanks much!

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