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Review of chapter "Prom Clean-up" from Doraemax
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Well, i guess i have to accept your resolution to this arc. Perhaps this is a good thing to promote 'anti-bully' campaign. But i had such a hope for Carrie. Sure, at the end she was scary...but she was a victim. Worse, she was an Innocent and Pure victim (her purity is such that she only started having her period shortly before the Event)....
...I guess she is much too good for the world.

She reminded me of a folk-tale around my part of the world. A story of a young common girl, the most beautiful around. The chieftain's wife was jealous of her beauty and the fact she manage to score the 'Jock' of the village. So, when the husband was off to war, she accuse the girl of infidelity (with the Husband best friend, whom he tasked to look after the wife). The villagers, most of whom also jealous of the girl, put on a sham of a trial in which she and the 'best friend' was sentence to death. When the executioner stab her during her sentencing, she bled white-blood, proclaiming her innocent. In her despair, she curse that part of world to never know wealth and prosperity until seven generation is due (the curse is real and only ended sometime in 1990s). I forgot what happened when the Husband came back and found out his beloved wife and best friend has been put to death by a Jealous village.
Review By [Doraemax] • Date [20 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Prom Clean-up" from DavidEmpey
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fpb, thanks for the link to your drawing.
Comments from author:
I have a fragile ego, so I'm always happy with fan responses. :D
Review By [DavidEmpey] • Date [19 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Return" from Zeviz
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"I'm doing one, but I'm having a hard time communicating with Diane. Apparently, there's something about my email address that sets off her email spam filters. My only other method is to put the story in a private review and patiently wait for her to reach it. (And her time, like all of us, is limited.)"

Is this why I never get replies when I use the site's "email the author" link?

And for sharing drafts, you can use Google Docs, and just send the link using whatever medium works, including private reviews here. (That's how I share my fics with my beta. I've even enabled comments for her account, so she can add her feedback directly.)
Comments from author:
I have three separate spam filters. One is on my firewall. Unfortunately, sometimes I get false positives. Sorry. If you send me email and I don't reply, maybe I'm actually out, but maybe I didn't see it. In that case, drop me a review and let me know. Or vice versa. And feel free to blame evil spammers out there.
Review By [Zeviz] • Date [19 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Prom Clean-up" from mooncowthree
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Mmwahahahahahahahaha!!!! I figured it out! Maggie's compound is hidden in the Amazon rain forest so that during the finale Jack and Alex get to go and talk to Cordelia. Obviously they were going to end up going down there at some point, but the only missions we know about right now are going to be in Utah and in Paris so the final confrontation has to be in Brazil! And that is why DA's flight had a connection in Mexico City. I'm a genius! You don't even have to tell me I'm right, I know I'm right.
Comments from author:
That would be pretty funny. The Punch-Cordelia-In-The-Face Op.

"No Alex, I promise I didn't call it that when I cleared it with Top Banana."
"What did you tell Willow it was called?"
"I can't say it out loud in an FR-15 fanfic."
Review By [mooncowthree] • Date [19 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Prom Clean-up" from EdBecerra
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> "Can anyone publish a list of TSROAM fanfic fanfics?
> I gather I have been a part of something of a movement."

I'm doing one, but I'm having a hard time communicating with Diane. Apparently, there's something about my email address that sets off her email spam filters. My only other method is to put the story in a private review and patiently wait for her to reach it. (And her time, like all of us, is limited.)

Yes, I'm doing it with her permission, she's seen the first chapter, I'm using several characters she's suggested, and oddly enough, I seem to have - entirely by coincidence! - collided with a pre-existing plot point. Alex's new mentor, and his 'adventure' in Colorado, actually supported something I was writing.
Comments from author:
Well, you've got my okey-dokey, so you should just go ahead and publish. First line:

"A/N: This is a fanfic for Diane Castle's Alexverse, and it has already gotten Diane's okey-dokey."
:D
Review By [EdBecerra] • Date [19 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Prom Clean-up" from frozenchicken
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So, shall we assume that Roald Dahl's 'Matilda' is going to occur here?
Comments from author:
:D :D That would be encouraging. Stephen King wrote that piece with Mrs. Jenks and her two year old (it's the last thing in the novel 'Carrie') so you have to know it won't work out as sweetly as 'Matilda'. With Stephen King you're more likely to get Charlie McGee or Randall Flagg, even if Roald Dahl went in some really dark paces in a lot of his 'children's books'.

On the gripping hand, she's two. That should give Alex some time to deal with stuff.
Review By [frozenchicken] • Date [18 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Return" from fpb
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Can anyone publish a list of TSROAM fanfic fanfics? I gather I have been a part of something of a movement.

EDITED IN: Answering DAvidEmpey's question, you forgot my Terawatt sketch: http://fpb.livejournal.com/667109.html
Comments from author:
Well, you might have *started* something.
Review By [fpb] • Date [17 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Prom Clean-up" from mooncowthree
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unfortunately I have no muse to help me write stories, but someone suggested having NCIS interact with Tearwatt and see Dinozzo hit on her, lol, I think that would be a fun one shot.
Comments from author:
Having a muse is not necessarily a good thing. For some, a muse is like Salma Hayek in 'Dogma'. For me, a muse is more like Annie Wilkes. I know a writer whose muse is creativity itself... and as a result she can hardly go a month without creating an entire new universe to write in, so she has lots of abandoned universes she would love for her muse to let her return to. No such luck. (Hint: her nom de plume is a polearm.)
Review By [mooncowthree] • Date [17 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Prom Clean-up" from mooncowthree
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"Can anyone publish a list of TSROAM fanfic fanfics? I gather I have been a part of something of a movement."

Yo Dawg, I heard you like fanfics...

the only two I know of are:
yours: http://tthf.me/sloO
and Zevitz: http://tthf.me/ElPO
yes and the outrageously hilarious: http://tthf.me/llRy
Comments from author:
I can't think of another one right now, but there should be one other.

EDIT: Oh! 'The Lion, The Walsh, and the Laboratory' by Speakertocustomers.
Review By [mooncowthree] • Date [17 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Prom Clean-up" from SirLee
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SpacedCadet: sure, if you _start_ with the assumption that Willow and Alex already knew each other before she did her photo-article on Willow, yes, then it's possible, even easy to prove so.

But that's not what they were attempting there. What they wanted was to prevent someone from wondering since when do they know each other, by throwing a red herring in the form of a very public "first meeting." Lacking any reason to assume otherwise, anybody interested in their relationship would not bother to check further back.

What they should worry about is someone investigating _just one_ of them happens to find an older link. For instance, if Jack hadn't brought it to Willow's attention, someone investigating Willow might run into her old meet-and-greet appointments... listing Alex Mack, several months before they "officially" met. (This info is probably long deleted, by the way).

But there are other things. There might be records of Willow's frequent car trips to Paradise Valley, from anything like toll transponders to traffic cameras with automatic plate readers. But these are the sorts of things Willow worries about, and hacking that info is sort of her "thing" (remember those 400 traffic tickets Cordelia got?), and anyway, it's not a big secret that Terawatt is from Paradise Valley -- one might assume that Willow was visiting TW, but jumping from that that TW is Alex is an entire different thing.

Is the ComiCon such a problem? I'm not sure.
For instance, would Alex's name be traceable alongside Willow's purchase of the tickets? Depending on how the ComiCon processes orders and registration, it might be very hard to associate Willow's credit card transaction for three tickets with Alex's registration as press.
Was the fact that they were there together known widely enough for that info to pop somewhere unexpectedly? I have my doubts; Willow was mostly incognito, for starters (well, she did reveal who she was to the Bioware guys) -- not many people knew that she was at the ComiCon at all -- and they spent the days mostly doing separate things. Also, they were both in costume (six different costumes at that, which further muddles the issue), making it harder to recognize them in photos -- and even if they _were_ both identified in the same photo, well, there's several photos of Willow with _other_ cosplayers going around too -- it's just one of those things people do at a convention.
The only thing that occurs me that _could_ raise a flag if someone does a thorough investigation of her ComiCon trip is that they used Barb's car. Meaning that the license place might be mentioned in the parking section of the suite's bill. Still, somebody would have to bother checking that detail...
Comments from author:
The license plate is the key issue for Comic Con, as it provides real proof of a link between Willow and Alex. But that's easy to fix electronically as well. Assuming Willow thinks about it. Or Jack and the IT guys think about it.
Review By [SirLee] • Date [17 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Prom Clean-up" from djhardim
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The one person we haven't heard from yet is the First Lady.

She may be able to soothe her husband's bruised ego and keep him from doing something stupid.
Comments from author:
Or maybe some of the President's advisors will do what they're being paid to do.
Review By [djhardim] • Date [17 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Prom Clean-up" from VillageOrchid
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In reflection to some of the other reviews - Terawatt spoke from her heart, her knowledge and life experience to the President --- not in a politically advantageous or correct way. Not self-rightous either - but basically her word choice backed him into a corner. "This is what you have to do..." People rarely, if ever speak to the President that way, nor to they often get that kind of chance.

I'm not saying that she was wrong, because she's been aware of military and international politics in some of her speeches, interactions and choices. However, politically, if anyone else were in on the conversation she might have put herself in danger to other US agencies -- because she followed up her "you gotta" speech with an action that circumvented the system. Not that her action was wrong either. It's her universe's version of something like the "it gets better" speech/movement which was started by a popular journalist, I believe.

I see Alex as someone who might take a few introductions to political science and political sociology type classes and get good insights from her personal experiences -- and help move her forward. She's been expertly faking the equivalent of a military officer based on her ability to act in the field. She has had some training as well. Her life experiences plus a few colleges classes might help her get some context moving forward. I see her graduating college in four years (and yes she could do it in two years but that would stand out too much) and if her cover identity as Annie Farrell isn't broken, she might become "Captain Farrell," an adjunct rather than admin assistant... or something like that.

EDIT: Thanks, I agree with your reply.
Comments from author:
Alex didn't handle that phone call as well as she could have. But Alex seldom does, because she's still learning how to do this stuff, and she's a human being rather than a Mary Sue. She sure pissed off a lot of important American generals and admirals by undercutting them and getting them in trouble with the people they have to report to. A lot of these come back and bite her later. But this is how Alex Mack has always learned throughout the history of her show.
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [17 Aug 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Prom Clean-up" from SpacedCadet
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I've been rereading some of the earlier chapters and it occurs to me that if the Comics Con pictures are used for school projects, it should be relatively easy to fins out that Alex was there as Willow's guest. This blows away the whole "Alex and Willow became good friends after Willow was outed as a Orphan" thing.

Has anyone taken precautions against this ?
Comments from author:
Willow has. And Jack has. Because they're farseeing and ingenious. Alex hasn't even considered it yet.
Review By [SpacedCadet] • Date [17 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Prom Clean-up" from Starfox
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Good chapter, loved Alex spreading her wings and having a perss conference. And she thought a 9 year old pyrokinetic was a handful, now she's faced with a 2 year old telekinetic!
Comments from author:
Things just seem to keep getting more and more complicated for Alex. It's almost like a malevolent being is directing her life somehow. :D
Review By [Starfox] • Date [17 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Prom Clean-up" from Disruptor
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Bullying? I was bullied myself while in school. Because the bullies weren't stopped, they escalated and now at least two of them are in jail for life, one is in an insane asylum, and another is dead. I survived my childhood.


At any rate....the blood bucket 'prank': one count of murder(because Carrie died it got bumped up to murder), one count of attempted murder(unless of course the Prom King died of course), conspiracy to comit murder, aggravated assult, Assault with a deadly weapon, battery, harrasment, reckless endangerment(multiple counts), some other charges dealing with the blood as in bioweapon use. The girl in the car also gets another count of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon added on to her charges(she wasn't driving, but she was in the car and thus guilty of those charges)

The reckless endangement is the pig blood and blood borne pathogens such as typhoid, gonahrea(sp?), AIDS and other veneral diseases and the multiple counts is all the students in the prom due to being exposed to the blood.

Gee. Even if Carrie hadn't gone nutso those kids would be heading to the slammer for at least three consecutive life sentences and maybe a whole lot more.

The tools are there, but they are not being used until it is too late and then the harsher laws come into play.
Comments from author:
The prom king died of his injuries, so another count of murder there. And yeah, that's stupidly far outside of the realm of 'pranks', which is no doubt why King used it.
Review By [Disruptor] • Date [17 Aug 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
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