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Date: 2014-12-25 00:21
Subject: Merry Xmas from Daron: The Candlelight Story
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Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

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(Listen to this as a 30-minute audio file on Soundcloud or watch video on Youtube!)

Dear Readers,

Okay. It’s Christmas. I have a Christmas gift for all of you. I have a story to tell you that I didn’t tell you before because… I don’t know. I wasn’t ready to tell it, I guess. But now, given everything that I’ve told you so far, and given what’s about to happen, I figure now’s a good time to fill you in on some stuff you sort of already know a little of but some you don’t.

I haven’t told you the whole story of how the song “Candlelight” was written.

Crank back the clock first of all to… 1984? Whatever year that was. Maybe the year doesn’t matter as much as the fact it was the last time I went to midnight mass with my family in New Jersey.

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ceciliatan
Date: 2014-12-23 10:00
Subject: Christmas is Coming
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Tags:almost christmas, merry fucking christmas

Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

(Because it’s the holidays, we’ll be having three posts this week: this one, a special flashback story from Daron on Thursday, and then a regular chapter on Saturday! The flashback story will be posted overnight both in text form and I’ll be posting a video of it. Merry merry everyone! -ctan)

A little while later Jordan asked, kinda casually, “So you been writing much? Other than the soundtrack stuff, I mean.”

I think I was actually lying on the floor at that point, just because lying flat felt good. “Are you kidding me? I never stopped.”

“Yeah? How many songs would you say you’ve got in inventory, as it were?”

“Hundreds. I wrote a ton while we were on the road last summer, Ziggy and I had worked on stuff before that. ” I sat up a little, thinking it over, and made a note to switch back from whiskey to beer. “There’s everything I wrote in Spain. And there’s everything I wrote while in LA, the previous stint, I mean. Shit, I wrote a song a day some weeks when I didn’t have anything better to do.”

“Huh, really,” he said, you know, like he was just being polite or acknowledging I was answering his question. But as I was starting to learn, Jordan’s placid demeanor hid a lot of brainwave activity.

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ceciliatan
Date: 2014-12-18 10:00
Subject: Groove Is In The Heart
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Tags:christian, courtney, new york fucking city, yeah okay we really are like one big ext

Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

When you come from the New York area, you grow up learning a certain disdain of tourists. So it was distinctly weird to be staying in a hotel in the city for an honest-to-god vacation. It really hadn’t sunk in for me that we’d be playing tourist in what was, really, kind of our hometown. Well, mine anyway. But there we were, like something from a Christmas movie, waltzing in and out of a lavishly decorated lobby on our way to and from leisure activities like seeing the tree and the windows at Macy’s.

The tree. You all know about “the tree”?

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ceciliatan
Date: 2014-12-16 10:00
Subject: More Than Words Can Say
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Tags:courtney

Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

(Please support the DGC Thunderclap! We need 100 people to sign up to share the news on Dec 29th about the new ebook: http://thndr.it/1G7l4bZ)

So here’s a list of my least favorite things in the world: getting up early, talking to lawyers, and dressing up. Guess what I did the morning before Courtney and I left for New York? Yeah. Way to start the holidays, eh?

Courtney and I took the train to the city, though, which was nice.

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ceciliatan
Date: 2014-12-15 20:36
Subject: Top Ten "Didn't Even Need Slash Goggles For That" Moments in the Harry Potter books?
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Okay, so some of you may know I'm doing The Literary Roast this coming Thursday at Club Oberon, and the literary figure I will be roasting is none other than J.K. Rowling.

I'm working on my presentation and it hinges on me reading some snippets from the books which are either undeniably slashy (or pre-slashy) or where characters seem, well, much less hetero than one might assume otherwise. What I'm basically saying is if Rowling could pop up after publication and say "Dumbledore is gay, isn't that obvious?" then she has basically said every character is open to re-interpretation of quote-unquote the obvious.

I used to have a file of actual quotes from the books and now of course I cannot find it and it is driving me batty. Pointers? Your own favorite "obvious" slashy quotes? or situations? Please help... there's no way I can re-read the entire series by Thursday...
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ceciliatan
Date: 2014-12-15 10:30
Subject: Erotica reading, slush pile panel, and more in my Arisia schedule
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Tags:appearances, harry potter fandom, writing talk

Arisia_logoThis year’s Arisia is once again shaping up to be tons of geeky, sexy fun–which is pretty much what this con has been about for over two decades! Last year Arisia was so popular they SOLD OUT, so if you’re planning to go, I strongly suggest pre-registration. I know a fair number of folks who ended up just meeting up for meals in the hotel’s bars and restaurants since they couldn’t get in elsewhere! (The con is January 16-19 at the Westin Waterfront in Boston. Rate is $55 now, goes up to $65 on Jan 1st. Friday only passes are $20 IF THE CON ISN’T SOLD OUT.)

Here’s what I’ll have going on.

FRIDAY 7pm to 11:15pm (Party Room TBA): Circlet Press Erotic SF/Fantasy Book Party
Our traditional gathering to munch on snacks while schmoozing with various Circlet Press editors and authors! Free ebook of choice to first 25 guests to arrive! Come peruse our smorgasbord of smutty science fiction and fantasy novels and anthologies. What’s your kink: elves, transhumanism, dragons, artificial intelligence, steampunk, vampires, etc…? Chances are we’ve got something for you.

FRIDAY 11:30pm (Hale): EROTICA READING
This year it’ll be me, Jennifer Williams, and Connie Wilkins! I don’t usually plan in advance what story, genre, or sexuality type I’m going to read. But maaaaybe this year I’ll put up a poll just to see. Since it’s a group reading I’ll only have time to read 1-2 short pieces, so maybe I’ll let you guys vote in advance.

SATURDAY 4:00pm (Marina1): FOOD SCIENCE PANEL
For once I will get to nerd out about something besides sex, BDSM, or erotica! (Or Harry Potter!) Who knows? Maybe I’ll even make something that can be handed out at the panel using mad science skillz.

SATURDAY 8:00pm to 1am (Party Room TBA) HOGWARTS ALUMNI REUNION
The now-traditional annual party for all Potterheads. Wands required for entry. (Muggles welcome if they can convince a witch or wizard to get them through the door…)

SUNDAY 11:00am (Hale) TALES FROM THE SLUSH PILE
I will be on this panel about What Not To Do when one submits a manuscript with an awesome passel of female editors. Check out this all-star lineup: Genevieve Iseult Eldredge (moderator), Joy Marchand, Joy Crelin, Innana Arthen, Hildy Silverman, and me.

For more info about Arisia, or to register for the con: http://www.arisia.org/

Mirrored from blog.ceciliatan.com.

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ceciliatan
Date: 2014-12-11 10:00
Subject: My Prerogative
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Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

I was still having nightmares and annoying dreams. Ziggy wasn’t in all of them, but he was in most. There was one where me and Bart and Colin were in a boat, rowing from an island to the shore and we were taking turns rowing but we never got where we were going. I woke up with my arms feeling tired.

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Date: 2014-12-09 10:00
Subject: Straight Up
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Tags:bart, i talk a lot more now than i used to, ziggy

Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

Leave it to Bart to actually try to make sense of it all. And by “it all” I mean Ziggy, but you know, Ziggy contains multitudes and also it’s never just about him, it’s about everything else, too. Because of course my relationship with him was tangled up with, well, everything that was wrong about the music industry.

Sigh.

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ceciliatan
Date: 2014-12-04 10:00
Subject: Running in the Family
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Tags:carynne, family talk

Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

“What do you mean you’re not coming to New York?”

Carynne knocked me on the head with her sharp, little knuckles. “That’s what I’m trying to get through your thick skull. I’m going to Maine.”

“Maine.” We were sitting in the Vietnamese noodle place near the house, having each consumed a bowl of soup bigger than our heads. “You don’t have family in Maine…?”

She sighed. “No. But Gerry does.”

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ceciliatan
Date: 2014-12-02 10:00
Subject: PART EIGHT: December 1990: Love Shack
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Tags:allston, chris, colin, courtney, home

Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

I went home. To Allston, I mean. But as I may or may not have established before, I’m terrible at being home. The problem with defining one’s self by what you DO instead of by where you’re FROM is that home becomes this really fraught concept…

Maybe I shouldn’t generalize. Maybe it’s only like that for me.

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