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Anaross--- Unlife Inc.
Taking down My Life Closed Twice
I just want to give notice that I'll be taking down the My Life novel hoping to make something "original" out of it. (50 Shades of Spike! <G>)
I'm going to do it in a week, so if you want to save it, you can still download it till then.

The reason is I don't want all those vendor bots finding the story online and thinking I've plagiarized this person named Ana Ross!

So far in my revisions, I've changed some names:
Spike= Jake
Buffy = Sunny
Angel= Murph

miladyfelicia has been helping me conceptualize a new backstory and all that! Thanks to her! We'll have to see how this works. But if anyone else is trying to make your fanfic fic, message me, and let's discuss.
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diebirchen From: diebirchen Date: January 4th, 2016 01:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Still time to copy it?
feliciacraft From: feliciacraft Date: January 4th, 2016 02:45 am (UTC) (Link)
You might find it easier to do it on AO3 where you can download the entire work in your choice of MOBI, EPUB, PDF, or HTML format. Link below (hopefully LJ won't think it's spam; or else feel free to message me):

anaross From: anaross Date: January 4th, 2016 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Time to copy? Yes

I think you can get the entire book here in one big piece:
feliciacraft From: feliciacraft Date: January 4th, 2016 02:41 am (UTC) (Link)
You're very welcome, and I stand by my statement that the emerging prequel sounds most interesting! :)
slaymesoftly From: slaymesoftly Date: January 4th, 2016 03:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I've never copied and kept any other story - don't even usually reread them unless I really, really liked them - but I'm sorely tempted to snag this one. I hate the thought that I won't be able to go back and read it (again!) if/when I want to. Good luck with turning it into something original. I'm sure it will be wonderful.
anaross From: anaross Date: January 4th, 2016 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
That should be the whole book.

I was contemplating changing "slayer" to "hunter," but you know, "Slayer" is such a better word. More elegant and sophisticated. Plus, you know, "hunter" doesn't make it clear what's going to happen when the hunter get caught!
slaymesoftly From: slaymesoftly Date: January 5th, 2016 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Got it!
fenchurche From: fenchurche Date: January 4th, 2016 03:41 am (UTC) (Link)
I just double-checked to make sure I still had that one saved, as it's always been one of my favorites! And thank you so much for the heads-up, giving us the chance to check on things like that. That story holds a special place in my heart for introducing me to the villanelle, something I'd never heard of before (despite having been an English major in college!).
fenchurche From: fenchurche Date: January 4th, 2016 03:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I meant to add that I can't wait to see how you rework it!
anaross From: anaross Date: January 4th, 2016 04:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
We'll see! I think I'm keeping everything I can in the poetry-teaching sections. (Some are still under copyright, the poems, that is, not the sessions, so I have to figure that out.)

But the opening has to be changed a lot, I think.
molliemole From: molliemole Date: January 4th, 2016 03:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I hope when it's done and out there for sale that you'll give us the title so we can look for it.
anaross From: anaross Date: January 4th, 2016 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I will! I'm not sure when that will be, but I'm devoting Feb to the rewrite.
spikereader From: spikereader Date: January 4th, 2016 04:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the heads up re the taking down (though I do already have the story saved as it's one of my top five fics and one I'd hate to be without).

I hope the rewrite into an original story is going well, and I look forward to reading about Jake, Sunny and Murph - so another heads up when it's available to purchase would be much appreciated.
anaross From: anaross Date: January 4th, 2016 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Will do! I'm finding the hardest part is getting the backstory right-- how Sunny and Jake know each other, whether he's a vampire, how Murph comes into the picture.
herself_nyc From: herself_nyc Date: January 4th, 2016 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's a wonderful idea, so glad you're doing it.
anaross From: anaross Date: January 4th, 2016 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll have to see how it works!
ayinhara From: ayinhara Date: January 4th, 2016 07:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the heads up. I downloaded the story. Good luck in your endeavor to transform it to original fic.
anaross From: anaross Date: January 4th, 2016 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I will report back! I know I'll already have trouble with "Murph," my Angel character-- he's so very distinctive, and understanding him relies so much on understanding his past.
_jems_ From: _jems_ Date: January 4th, 2016 11:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Totally saved it! Thanks for the heads up.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 1st, 2016 02:33 am (UTC) (Link)

your poetry analysis

I was wondering if you could tell me where you got the analyses for your poems. I love the story and the analysis of each poem is interesting. If you could point me in the right direction, that would be great. Mary mmexis@yahoo.com
anaross From: anaross Date: April 1st, 2016 04:09 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: your poetry analysis

IT was actually my own analysis. I taught most of those poems in classes I taught. But you know, there was recently a book about the Frost poem (The Road Not Taken) with the very same point, that the poem has to be viewed as a post-experience justification, not a recommendation!

Anyway, I chose the poems pretty much based on the ones I liked and taught when I was teaching lit in college. Also, I've been in a poetry reading group for years, and we bring classic poems and analyze them.

I love to READ poetry, but I can't write it! Do you write poetry? I just find it so hard.
oliviine From: oliviine Date: May 13th, 2016 08:41 am (UTC) (Link)

RE: Re: your poetry analysis

Congratulations - I'm sure your rewrite will be wonderful. 'My Life Closed Twice' is a story which has stuck with me for years, your writing is very memorable. :)

One of my favourite books, Sins of the Fathers by Susan Howatch touches on the Four Quartets. When I first read Howatch, I wanted to understand the poem, why she chose it, why it resonated with her characters, why I kept thinking about it.

I never appreciated poetry until I read your novel. After I read your story for the first time, I had a glimmer of understanding (at last). I have read it many times since, and I have had a copy of it on every device I own for many years. Thank you so very much. :D

Can you suggest a text that you would recommend as an introduction to poetry? What was the anthology Buffy bought? :)

I use a neat app called 'The Poetry App' - it has many wonderful actors perform poems. I don't know how to read or recite poetry correctly, so to hear so much performed in that app is very interesting. (I came to love 'As I Walked Out One Evening' by W. H. Auden thanks to Mark Strong's voice in that app. :)

Thank you once again - I don't have the words to express how I love your writing!
anaross From: anaross Date: May 13th, 2016 03:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Re: your poetry analysis

The book Buffy had -- I think it was one I had called 500 Most Anthologized Poems, but I couldn't find it on Amazon-- found this instead, but it's not the same book.

I probably have the name wrong. In school, we always used Norton Anthologies, but they tend to be more narrow-- Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, Norton Anthology of 19th Century Poetry-- so they're not as good just for browsing.

I;ll have to check out that poetry app! I also subscribe to a Youtube channel where a man with a sonorous voice recites many of the poems I love. I can't recite or read aloud either, so I appreciate hearing a good reader.

And I LOVE Susan Howatch. Her multiple-first person POV books actually inspired several books of mine-- including Long Day's Journey. GMTA!
readers_only From: readers_only Date: January 6th, 2017 05:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just want to thank you for the story. It is one of my all time favorites, look forward to what you do with it! Good luck.
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