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evannichols and I watched a video via Netflix titled "The Mystery of Eels" found via Nature. I'm delighted to let you know that it's available online here via PBS. While the narrator's voice wasn't ideal in terms of tone, nuance and the like, the narrator is a writer and artist, and as it turns out, this documentary is based on a book he published once this 'finding out more about eels' project became bigger than anticipated. Or it seems that it became larger than he'd anticipated. James Prosek is a naturalist and other things, and what struck me about the documentary was how engaging it was. Evan and I had selected it because 1) it was live streaming and 2) neither of us knew much of anything about eels. But because this guy James has an artistic approach to the topic, and brought in so much in the various locations (New England, New Zealand, Japan), I found myself quite surprisingly moved and it was poignant. Evan was similarly engaged (though with the narrator's not-made-for-narrating-voice, he'd apparently wanted to bail at first) for many of the same reasons. While it is a documentary about eels, it's mostly about people's interactions with them, lifetimes spent studying them, generations of people revering them and them taking on symbolic capture or freedom.

All of that to say: highly recommended. :)

And in very exciting news, I completed my first original fiction story. It's not the first one I started, but it's first one to be finished. YAY!! I know it will need some serious editing; this was definitely a first pass and was started months ago as a fic for the Harry Potter community. I veered away from that pretty quickly, but I'll need to be sure that the flow and pacing and characterizations are consistent since I worked on it off and on (a lot off) for the past 9 months or so. This gives me hope for returning to my monk fic, which was last summer's project, but hey. My printout is in its binder, ready for me to get back to it for a Grand Re-Read to remember all of the characters and probably take it in another direction as I didn't like what was going on where I'd stopped it.

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Jul. 10th, 2014 02:48 am (UTC)
Congrats! Are you going to self-publish when it's ready? There are lots of good options out there now.
Jul. 12th, 2014 09:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Per our FB chat, no self-publishing unless the two places I'm hoping to get representation for it fall through. But we'll see!
Jul. 11th, 2014 09:50 am (UTC)
Congratulations Thev. I'm glad to hear you're doing that. Hope all is well with you.
Jul. 12th, 2014 09:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, Elfscribe! My life is the best it's ever been certainly in my adult life. I'm working in a role I've finally been able to let go of much of the stress, I work from home (at least for now), I have a life partner who's everything I could never have imagined would exist in real life, and even my creative writing has returned. I'm in this amazing reward phase! And given recent years, I'm very glad to be in this space. :)

I do hope that you're doing well in this new phase of your life as well. I'm sorry that I've not kept up more regularly in a 1:1 way with you.
Jul. 28th, 2014 02:43 pm (UTC)
Hi Thev - I'm glad to hear things are going well for you. Life is so different for me these days from what it was a few years ago.
Jul. 12th, 2014 06:07 pm (UTC)
Many heartfelt congrats on the completion of your original fic! I've been luxuriating in re-reading a few of your HP works, most notably COUNTDOWN, TOGETHER ALONE & the CARTOGRAPHY OF FIRE series. Such wonderful journeys!
Jul. 12th, 2014 09:59 pm (UTC)
Oh WOW!! What a treat to hear that you're re-reading some of those! It would be interesting for me to reread those as well, especially Cartography of Fire. I really did love that pairing once put together. ♥ So glad you're finally enjoying some much-deserved time off as well!!!
Jul. 19th, 2014 11:44 pm (UTC)
hi thev! i'm just peeking at lj for the first time in forever. great to read this awesome news. i hope you find a great audience/medium for your story. :D
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