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Christmas Wish List
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From yoursweater:
STEP ONE
- Make a post (public, friendslocked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fun ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.
- If you wish for real possible things, make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.
- Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ, or link to this post so that the holiday joy will spread.

STEP TWO
- Surf around your friends list (or friend's friends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part:
- If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it.
You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call.

There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.

My Wish List
1.  Someone to help me add graphics to my lj page. I’ve chosen a style that allows for background gradients and for graphics to be brought in but I don’t know how to do any of that and don’t know where to being to figure it out. Actually, I don’t want to figure it out, I just want someone to tell me what to do.
2.  I want to be able to see Rhinoceros Eyes. I mean I would like to own it but I’d settle for just seeing it.
3.  Donations made to amFAR, the AIDS research people. www.amfar.org
4.  Someone to beta a story I’ve written, Post 513, that’s fairly long, a little over 200 page at 12pt. font in a doc.file. I started to post it on bjfic.livejornal but took it off because I need it betaed first.
5.   Simon Dumenco’s Media Guy column for AdAge’s Media Works. I just found out about his column and love his writing. Has anyone saved any of these that they wouldn‘t mind sharing with me? Their articles are only available for something like 7 days. If you want anything before that you need to subscribe and I’m not doing that.
6.  Short story ideas. I want to write but I have trouble coming up with ideas for short stories.
7.  A shortish story about Brian as a teenager, about his home life, interactions with Clare, his mom, his dad, that sort of thing.
8.  A shortish AU story, probably, about Brian’s only real ‘affair’, in college, before meeting Justin.
9.  Banner help. This goes along nicely with number 1. Should someone be so good as to teach me how to bring in a banner, it would be nice to actually have one to bring in.
10. Recommendations for best loved coming-of-age, high school, gay boy fiction, the sort that would be carried in the teen section of the local bookstore. I have some from James Howe to Alex Sanchez to David Levithan but I’d like more.

Please post your WISH LIST in my comments.

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send me #4. i'm a whiz at looking at stuff like that and i can get it done fairly quickly. my strong suits are grammar (i'm the kind of person who corrects everyone else's bad grammar!), plot holes, syntax problems. i mean, i'm even grading essays for my old history teacher so i'd love to go over your story for you.

papillon_dame@yahoo.com

If you just go to my user profile it's under my memories titled A Time From Now. Feel free to just copy it into a doc. file and, trust me, there's no hurry...whenever. I messed a lot with POV, and the story dances between present and future tenses.

If you have trouble getting it this way, let me know and I can hard copy it to you in the mail or email it.

if you have the entire thing (all 19 chapters) save in a doc file, just email it to me that way i can have the whole thing in one place...i just hope that isn't too much a hassle for you.

Yeah, I have entire thing in one file but I need to clean it up a little, actually have been meaning to anyway so now I'll use you as the excuse. I'll send it to you early next week.

Just to let you know, i'm mostly concerned about continuity. One woman who read it, just missed it all together, didn't get what I was doing. There are a few comments on my lj especially at chapter 19 that speak to some of my concerns. If it's just that the reader doesn't like my plot, too bad, I'll just do a better warning next time to keep peple like that away but if it a continuity problem, well, I need to deal with that and maybe you can help.


whenever is fine. when i go through it, i'll look at the comments people have posted and just see what they had a problem with.

5. Simon Dumenco’s Media Guy column for AdAge’s Media Works. I just found out about his column and love his writing. Has anyone saved any of these that they wouldn‘t mind sharing with me? Their articles are only available for something like 7 days. If you want anything before that you need to subscribe and I’m not doing that.

Hi there! Your page popped up on my google alert for Simon Dumenco. There's a really great yahoo group called "simond." There's an archive of his articles there. Not just the Ad Age ones either. There's stuff from Details, Conde Nast, and New York Magazine. Anyway, they have the text written out in addition to having the links, so you should be able to access everything.

I had the opportunity to meet him last Saturday and he's a nice guy. I'm a huge fan of his writing so it was really a dream come true.

~Cristina (Pep)

Well, I've submitted my request, using you as my referra,l of course, so thanks so much for the information. I really love what I have read of Simon's writing and should have a lot of fun roaming through the articles Simond has archived.

I'm really late replying to this. I'm sure you've been approved already though.

I hope you have a great time reading all of Simon's articles. :-)

I just wanted to thank you again. I only just got the chance to check out simond & it's wonderful. I've sign-up for the Very Short List too so that should be fun.

Have you done a Christmas Wish List? If you have, post it to my comments, maybe there's something I can do.

Aww, you're so welcome. And I'm glad you signed up for VSL. It's really a cool site.

Yes, I have actually. It's here. :-)

thank you so much for sending me wake. i just finished watching it and am left with way more questions than answers but like most movies that is the point. i thought gale's performance was riveting and i can't wait for my friend to watch. thank you again for giving it to me. it is definitely one of the best things i've ever received.

Glad it arrived safely, I just wish it had more bells & whistles but the quality is good. I think the main question going around when the movie first came out was whether or not the story really happened or was it all in the mind of Sebastian, as the old man, writing it, was he writing what really happened? making it all up? or something in between?

I thought Gale was amazing, and the whole thing was so clautraphobic, I really didn't expect him to be killed, in fact, I thought he would end up killing someone accidently.

Supposedly on some version there is a fourteen minute impro between all the 'brothers' that is seriously amazing.

Have you seen Particles of Truth? that's a strange little romance. Gale & the director, I fotget her name right now, do the voice-over thing and he has some funny stuff to say but she does most of the talking, after all, this is Gale, not exactly a man known for talking a lot.

i thought it was extremely claustrophobic and one of a very few films that i just couldn't take my eyes off. even when something wasn't really going on, i couldn't stop watching.

i haven't seen particles of truth (i've only recently discovered gale, so to speak) but i'll have to look into it. i think gale is an incredibly powerful actor and would love to see him in more things.

a book about coming of age i absolutely love is laurie halse anderson's "speak" and my friend has always recommended stephen chbosky's "the perks of being a wallflower" which i plan on reading during winter break. if you haven't read "speak," i highly recommend it because you really find yourself connecting with the main character and it really is just beautifully written. i think bildugsroman books are my favorite because i like to compare my growing up experience with other's, even if it is fictional. my all time recommendation would have to be francesca lia block's "echo," my favorite book of all time. i would recommend everything she's ever written, especially to your daughter who loves to read. if you read one book about growing up, that should be the one. block epitomizes magic realism and it's set in los angeles and berkeley.

Re: high-school books

Thanks for the recs, I've noticed Speak, intrigued by the cover, but hadn't read it yet. I'll definately get Echo for Lauren. Let me know what you think of Wallflower, I've not heard of that one.

Re: high-school books

i'll try and think of some more. when i was in high school, which wasn't that long ago, i read a lot of books like that. one that doesn't deal with high school really but deals with growing up in general is chaim potok's my name is asher lev. i read it for school and it completely consumed my summer, along with its sequel, the gift of asher lev. it's about a jewish artist who is always rebelling against what society deems is good and correct for a jew to do. i would recommend that book to everyone.

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