Voting Is Open for 24 hours!!

Meridian:

Okee dokee, y’all, time to do that voting thang ONE LAST TIME! Show your favorite writers, betas, and banner makers some of that delicious, tantalizing, exquisitely awesome fandom <3 at some between now and noon EST tomorrow. :D

Originally posted on You Want Blood Awards:

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In response to yesterday’s announcement, a large crowd of writers, readers, and stalkers has gathered at the door. Soon they are led down a long, dark hallway to eventually arrive at a single door guarded by a face familiar to many, if not all.

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“Freakity frack fuck….that is Alcide….I want…” MistressJessica could not stop the words from tumbling out as she eyed the male guarding the door as though she didn’t know if she wanted to tackle the man or the door first.

“Hold her back,” Magsdonald whispered to the ones around them. They all quietly chuckled in response.

“Welcome back, everyone! I am glad that you guys were able to find time in your schedules to come back and vote to help keep the fandom on strong footing as we all move forward,” Alcide said, his deep voice cut across the gathering.  “We are to wait…

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What I am going to do is the following

Meridian:

It is with some trepidation that I reblog this and y’all know why, but I have a lot of respect for Robin/4padfoot, and I want that known, fwiw. While I do still feel the effects of that earlier pall, it’s also a new day. Birds are going to chirp (whether I like them or not), the sun’s still gonna rise (sorry pretty vamps), and all that crap, so, well, here. When Polls open again, please vote for your favorite writers, betas, and banner makers if you want – we/they do appreciate the love, especially after all that…ado’ing! <3

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An empty podium stands in the front of the room where everyone is waiting for notification about what is going to happen to our beloved fandom. A door in the back opens and in walks a simple woman surrounded by two very famous members of said fandom: Eric Northman and Godric.  The impressive vampires stand to each side of the podium to provide their support. The woman takes her place behind the podium and is nervously shuffling and straightening of her note cards.

*cough cough, deep breath*

“Testing….Testing… Can everyone hear me? Anyone still here? Heck, I’m continuing anyway. Okay, I am not an eloquent writer like some of the amazing women in this fandom. I don’t even have the ability to proof read my own posts often not finding the mistakes until days after it was posted so I will depend on someone else for that. *You know who…

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Thank You!

There’s some big ado ado’ing over the You Want Blood Awards, but instead of boring you with the asinine details, here’s the short-n-sweet of it all:  it appears that I am said to have at some point developed the amazing superpower of being able to “rig” the nominations…somehow. 

Now, when I developed said superpower and why it would only be used to rig fanfic award nominations I’ll never know  – I guess saving lives, countries, and my stock investments was already taken?

Anyway, long story short (again), my muse and I are miffed.  Hurt.  Appalled.  Irritated.  Confused.  But mostly miffed. 

And confused. 

My muse isn’t taking this so well.  She’s worried that if people are accusing her writer (me) of somehow magically being able to cheat on the nominations that maybe people don’t think she’s really all that good of a writer after all.  That thought is making me and her both sad.

I’m also insulted about that conspiracy theory/insinuation/what-have-you on behalf of everyone who was kind enough to nominate me.  You guys rocked my socks off with all those nominations!!!  I am blessed to have such awesome readers and do NOT like the idea that your sweet work on my behalf is being questioned.

So…all this negativity and…ugh!!! has really shocked me and I don’t know when I’ll resume posting.  I have several partial- to mostly-complete chapters and I hope they won’t gather dust for long.  You guys, and the characters themselves, don’t deserve that.  But for now, well, right this second I just ain’t feelin’ it.

Thank you for your support, your kind words, emails, and PMs…and lastly, again, THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THE NOMINATIONS!!  The Awards may be stalled out now, but YOU GUYS still rock my socks!

~Meridian

EN: ATS, Chapter 8, is up for your perusal!

Happy, erm, well, just MONDAY, y’all!  :D  I hope you had a great weekend and that your upcoming week is vastly tolerable, possibly even vaguely enjoyable!

Srsly, I hope you enjoy:

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The Purveyor

Oops, I ‘crastinated again…annnnd, here’s The Purveyor.  I’ve been told by the very patient and awesome Gyllene and Charity that it doesn’t suck (I guess that makes them pre-readers of this story, and I love giving credit where it’s so very highly due!), so that’s always a bonus! 

It’s hot off the, erm, fingertips, absolutely AU (we’ll pretend it’s TB, but, well, you’ll see…) and you have to promise not to throw things at me…   :D 

Anyway, here – enjoy, and be sure to tell me what you think!  (Reviews/muse, yadda…)

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Decisions, Ch. 27, plus VOTE!

○ Yup!  Decisions, Chapter 27, is up for your perusal!  For all you Eric lovers, I’ve given his voice quite a bit of air-time in this chapter.  I hope you enjoy it (and the chapter), and that you let me know what you think:

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○ Voting (UNLIMITED!) in the 2015 You Want Blood Awards is now open!!  As I may have mentioned (screamed, squee’d, whispered, shouted from the rooftops…), I’m nominated a (THANK YOU!!!) grand total of *22* times!!   I don’t know who all nominated me, but whoever you are, consider yourselves hugged enthusiastically (but not to the point of being creepy)…(much), sloppy-kissed (on the cheek…no, not THOSE cheeks…), and sincerely thanked!!

○ And on that note, I’d like to take this opportunity to send a huge shout-out to the brilliant and gorgeous Gyllene for making me the BEST banners!  (Obviously not the one to Decisions above, lol – that’s proof of my “skill”…).  Gyllene, however, truly IS extremely talented at making fantastic banners that are beautifully crafted banners I’m very proud to display/show off/stare at for hours.  She’s also up for some nominations, too…  (*cough*hint*cough*)

Now:  GO READ, and have a much-better-than-average/awesome day!  (Ok, just don’t get put in jail, alright?  Alright.)

And here’s an extra link to the new chapter for your ease and convenience (as a reward) jic you read all the way down this far (Thank you!):

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Voting is now open!!!

Meridian:

Voting – Unlimited – Now – Go!!! Well, have a coffee or three first…and maybe a cookie…but voting is unlimited from NOW until May 22. Have at it! (But mainly, just have fun!) <3

Originally posted on You Want Blood Awards:

Voting is now OPEN!!!

There is unlimited Voting!

So vote every day for your favorites  and lets see how many total of votes we can get. Each time you vote in an award category you can vote for up to 3 different stories each time!

The polls close on May  22nd.  Click the button below to take you to vote!

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Winners will be revealed on May 29th!

Thank you for all off your support!

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Here People Still Were Using Runes in the 20th Century

Meridian:

Interesting bit about Vikings and Runes and Sweden and Norse things!

Originally posted on ThorNews:

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Älvdalen in Sweden is so isolated that people recently stopped using runes, and they are still speaking their old Norse-influenced language. (Photo: Albert Jankowski / Wikimedia Commons).

In Scandinavia, use of runes ended during the 13th century. In isolated Älvdalen in Sweden, however, inhabitants not only continued using runes but also developed their own language with many Norse elements.

People in Älvdalen (English: the River Valley) used runes as late as the 20th century, so-called Dalecarlian runes. Deep forests and high mountains isolate the valley located not far from the Norwegian border. The area also has its own language, Elfdalian, still spoken by locals.

In the Nordic countries, runes were the dominant written language before the introduction of Christianity and the Latin alphabet in the 800-900s.

– This is probably the last use of runes in Scandinavia. It is quite exceptional, says linguist Henrik Rosenkvist to the research portal Forskning.no

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Thank you for the noms! :) [You Want Blood Awards]

Meridian:

This great writer is nominated for *2* stories in the AH category!

Originally posted on :

You guys are awesome! Thank you Meridian and Micha for letting me know about this. And thank you all lovelies who remembered me and my stories and somehow got my name there!

Warm thank you hugs to all and I guess you all have a lot of reading to do – it’s a big list!

I hope you are all well. Have a great week! ♥

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Thank you so very much for the nominations – y’all have truly overwhelmed me

Work in the next chapter of The Moon is going well but I wanted to go ahead and say/shout/squee a huge THANK YOU for nominating so many of my stories – and me!! – in the 2015 You Want Blood Awards. (Voting starts on May 15th…don’t worry, there’ll probably be 2 billion reblogs announcing it so it’s not like we could forget, right?)  :D

You have knocked my socks off!!!  SRSLY!!!  (Thankfully I’m wearing a really pretty nail polish…)  Y’ALL ARE THE BEST!!

It is extremely gratifying to see that you guys do like my un-assholey Erics (who are not emotionally cold, hard, and withdrawn and who are able to love and adore their Sookies) and my stronger, smarter Sookies (who wouldn’t put up with the above assholey Erics anyway, lol).  That makes me feel really, really good.  (And I adore that y’all get my humor, too!)

THANK YOU!!

(You know this is totally going on my brag page, right?)

Ok, so, grab a cool (or warm) beverage and have a look at these 22 gorgeous nomination banners made by the ever-talented Gyllene for the 2015 YWB Awards:







Again, THANK YOU for all the nominations!!!  I  may have terrified the doggie with my screams/shouts/squees of joy…and the happy dance that followed…

And on a completely, totally unrelated note of no relation whatsoever, does anyone know a good doggie therapist?

:D

Here Are The Nominees for the 2015 You Want Blood Awards

Meridian:

HO-LEY FUCKING FRUITY PEBBLES, Y’ALL!!! OMGODRIC! DIDJA SEE?? DIDJA??! THANK YOU X INFINITY FOR ALL THE NOMINATIONS!!! THIS IS INCREDIBLE!!!!! ***so much happy dance!!!**

Originally posted on You Want Blood Awards:

THE RESULTS ARE IN – HERE ARE YOUR NOMINEES FOR THE 2015 YOU WANT BLOODAWARDS AND NOMINEE BANNERS!

Congratulations to all Nominees!!

Feel free to grab your banner and link it back to our voting page which will open on May 15th.

Click for banners.

Click for nominee links.

Best of Both Worlds Award: Best Combo of TB/SVM
Gyllene76 Lover’s Amnesia
Magsmacdonal Even the Dead Can Scar
Meridian The Revealing of Andre
MistressJessica A Different Life
Queen of Area Five Behind the Public Masks
Texan Lady/NYCSnowbird The Arrangement
Virala Finally
Gyllene76 Lover Always
Meridian Eric Northman: After the Show
Gyllene76 Black Friday
Best of the Best Award – All-Time Favorite Story
ficlit78 Pretty Kitty
Gyllene76 Lover’s Always
Kjwrit The Debt
Magpie Tales Crash and Burn
Magsmacdonald Make A Wish
Melusine10 Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made of
Virala Finally
Meridian Valentine’s Night
Meridian The Revealing of Andre
Queen…

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Vote!

Meridian:

Wow, that was fast! So: Go vote for the nomination tie-breaks NOW!! GO! (Polls close tomorrow) :D

Originally posted on You Want Blood Awards:

voteYeah… that whole it will be soon thing?

Yep.  4Padfoot really rocks this ballot making thing.  But then, she rocks it all doesn’t she?!?!?

So here is the thing… You have one vote in each section.  There is the full list, of who all you can vote for, with how many places are available for wild cards.  And yes, there were seriously that many ties.  See why we said we would leave it up to you?  This is the awards for you guys.  The readers, writers, betas, artists and so forth.  And you already talked up your favorites.  Now go decide who of these people are going to be on the finals!!!

 

Vote.  And these will close tomorrow, Sunday, May 10th Midnight EST.  So let your voice be held, and vote in your wild cards slots!

The Authority.

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Holy Smokes Batman!!!!

Meridian:

At some point in the very near future, you guys get to VOTE on NOMINATION TIES!! :D This sounds like a lot of fun!! :D

Originally posted on You Want Blood Awards:

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Oh they do, Eric.  They seriously do…

You guys seriously rock the nomination ballots!!

We actually got through them all already.  This shocked us too.  Thanks to all that sent in information to me, it helped.  And that whole mention to my own readers of being well read in the fandom helping?  Oh my.  It really does!!!!

But we have an issue.  You know that top ten idea we had to make sure you weren’t overwhelmed?  Well it seems we have alot of ties to fill in the last of the fields.  We talked about it ourselves, and since one or more of us are often in the category, we decided to allow you guys to make that decision.  It is only fair.

So what our wonderful 4Padfoot is doing right now is putting together a vote for you guys to decide who will be filling in the blanks we…

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Chapter 41 of Andre is now up + awesome b’day vid!

1:  First I wanna brag about/gush over the AMAZING FANTSTIC BRILLIANT video 4Padfoot created for my birthday!!!  That lady is extremely talented and makes the BEST videos and banners!

2:  Last, I wanna brag on ME for (finally) getting the next chapter of Andre out to y’all.  I am constantly surprised (and, honestly, gratified) when a new reader tells me that I’ve managed to change their opinion about Andre…yes, THAT Andre…!   I feel that Andre from the books was an extremely under-used, overlooked, badly presented character who had TONS of potential that The Twit purposefully ignored.  One day I was wondering about his motivations, what made him tick, etc., and decided that if he really was that old then he must have had at least SOME redeeming qualities, and that QSA must have had some, too, or not only would she not have survived so long, but she wouldn’t have retained such loyalty from her progeny even WITH some sort of mythical vamp-gift.

Ok, ok, I was looking to find some good in these characters, qualities that truly were redeeming, and found JUST ENOUGH to work with without having to change too much (even if I did  use that as an excuse to grow Andre up some age-wise, and a lot body/mind/heart-wise…). 

 ♦

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Only 24 hours left

Meridian:

My turn to reblog!! Wheee! Nominations close at midnight EST on May 8th, so, hope you’ve got your noms, erm, nominations in! If not: TICK TOCK, Y’ALL… and stuff. :D

Originally posted on You Want Blood Awards:

There are only 24 hours left to nominate your favorite stories and authors.  Poll closes at midnight EST May 8th.

Click the link below to take you to the poll.

http://4padfoot.polldaddy.com/s/the-tb-svm-fanfic-awards-2015

Categories: (1 entry per category)

Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Best One Shot
The Human Award – Best AH
The Hybrid – Best Crossover
The Best of Both Worlds – Best SVM/TB combo
Mr. January – Best Lemon
The Greatest Love Story – Best Romance
Tissue / Kleenex – Best Angst
Rollercoaster Award – Best Drama
The Alan Ball – Best Rewrite of TB
The Charlaine Harris – Best Rewrite of SVM
Best of the Best – All Time Favorite Story
EIM – Favorite Author
Van Gogh – Best Artist
Eagle Eye – Best Beta
NKOTB – Best Newcomer
Pins and Needles Award – W.I.P. story you wait anxiously for updates on

Thank you for your support.

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“Trollkar” and the Battle of Knits

Meridian:

Dude has talent – truly has magic in his hands! (And I adore that red and white sweater in the middle of the article! Awesome job!)

Originally posted on ThorNews:

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From top: Spire sweater, Trollkar aka Heming Welde Thorbjørnsen, pattern Øyfjell.

“Trollkar” is a wizard – and he can knit with paper, branches, wires, steel – even melted cheese. Heming Welde Thorbjørnsen aka Trollkar from Karmøy in Western Norway makes thread into art.

In the older days, it was common for men to knit their own clothing. The entire value chain from sheep to product was a job for him. As the centuries have passed, knitting has become a dominant – and extremely popular – hobby for women.

Heming Welde Thorbjønsen, however, is an exception: As one of few men, he wants to subsist on knitting under the brand name Trollkar, meaning magician or wizard.

ThorNews asks him what has made him so interested in knitting.

– I really do not know! Knitting and other handicrafts have been with me my whole life.

He adds that the women closest to…

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The Moon, Ch. 17, is up!! Also: NOMINATE!

1:  New chapter of The Moon, anyone?  Click the banner and go straight to the chapter, or read the second part of this post before clicking over to the magic – your choice because I adore you!

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(Still with me here?  Cool!)

2:  GO NOMINATE!!  :D  Yup, nominations are open for the You Want Blood Awards.  As I understand it, you can *only* fill out one form, and you can *only* nominate ONE writer/story PER CATEGORY.     One.

And on a completely unrelated note, my birthday is May 5th.  (*overly-innocent face*)

As best as I can figure, for your ease and convenience (and because I was bored) here are my stories that are eligible for inclusion this time around.  I’ve stuck this little pic here out of the innocent kindness of my heart – stop laughing – because I had a hell of a time figuring out what qualified considering the Award’s rules and categories and wanted to save you kind folks the headache.  It has nothing whatsoever to do with making it easier for you to nominate my works. 

Nothing.   At all.   Much.  Did I mention that my birthday is May 5th? 

(Ok, so I did the pic above because I liked the little bubble bullets instead of the itty bitty square bullets…yeah, I’m that nerdy? geeky? Sorry.)

Anyway, no matter which writers/stories you nominate, DO nominate your favs if you want.  It’s all in good fun!   :D

Let the Nominations Begin!

Meridian:

You know I have a birthday (May 5th) coming up, right? Right?? *innocently shameless blink* Anyway, NOMINATE NOMINATE NOMINATE!!! :D

Originally posted on You Want Blood Awards:

The polls are open and you can now nominate your favorite authors and stories.

Remember we will be taking the TOP 10 nominees with the most votes from each category for you to then vote for your favorites.  Voting will begin May 15th and the winners will be announced May 29th.

Categories:

Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Best One Shot
The Human Award – Best AH
The Hybrid – Best Crossover
The Best of Both Worlds – Best SVM/TB combo
Mr. January – Best Lemon
The Greatest Love Story – Best Romance
Tissue / Kleenex – Best Angst
Rollercoaster Award – Best Drama
The Alan Ball – Best Rewrite of TB
The Charlaine Harris – Best Rewrite of SVM
Best of the Best – All Time Favorite Story
EIM – Favorite Author
Van Gogh – Best Artist
Eagle Eye – Best Beta
NKOTB – Best Newcomer
Pins…

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Here’s to a (hopefully) better Monday – STC, Ch. 15, is up!

It’s a Monday.  If you can’t sleep in, then I hope you have enough coffee to make up for it.  And cake.  Mondays need cake.  And bacon.  And donuts.  And more coffee.  Then more sleep.  Lots and lots of sleep.

Lol, here’s the next chapter of Sookie Takes Charge.  Eric’s nervous…Sookie’s nervous… Wonder how it’ll go?  Read and see!  (Just beware the lack of double editing…my eyes are Monday’d but I didn’t want to hold this in the to-post shoot any longer.)

*Yes, “Monday’d” is a thing.  Just ask my eyes…*

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Decisions, Chapter 26 is up

See?  Tolja it wouldn’t be long before this chapter was ready!  I just didn’t want to fling a huge long chapter at you, so I decided to post a “shortie” that was a full chapter on its (slightly brief) own so you didn’t have to wait for the full (really long) one cause I’m all nice and shit.

Ok, ok, here!  Go!  Read!  *tosses out chapter then runs off and hides while peeping out to see if y’all like it or not*

Hope you like:

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Decisions, Ch. 25, is up!

It’s a shortie, but I didn’t want you guys to have to wait any longer for it.  The next chapter is well underway, so it should be up fairly soon, too.

Hope you like:

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Let me know what you think!

Does anyone have an account with these skeezewads?

http://www.ebooks-tree.com/

They’ve already used one of our writer’s works without permission (see her post here: http://chaneladdict.tumblr.com/post/116317924532), and I’m suspicious that they’re using at least (I’m afraid to look for more) one of my works, too: 

But, since I don’t want to give my credit card info to the OTHER SITE that they auto-redirect you to (the one where you get a “5 day free trial” before being charged for the “free service”), I don’t know if this is MY story ANTICIPATING – or not.  It’s not like they offer a preview…

My name isn’t in the list of writers, but with the recent spate of plagiarizers, that means NOTHING.

Can you blame me for being paranoid?

The whole thing strikes me as being suspicious.  So, if one of y’all has an account there and wouldn’t mind, please check to see…

Thanks in advance!