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Fic title: The Road to Awe and Wonder
Author name: [livejournal.com profile] twasadark
Artist name: [livejournal.com profile] orvaen_queen
Genre: RPF Gen (pre-slash) with het subplot*
Pairing: Jensen/Alona*
Rating: R
Word count: 35,000
Warnings: Infidelity
Summary: It is 700 ad and the world lies in ruin, the Dark Ages come to life. The Roman Empire has crumbled into something altogether new, Medieval Europe, hanging on to the remnants of Roman civilization while being shaped by the church.

In this land of relics and shrines knight Jensen of Ackerley wanders grief-stricken and purposeless until he takes on the challenge of guiding Lady Alona on a pilgrimage. Accompanied by the orphaned street thief Tristan of Jare, they travel from France to Rome to the center of the world - Jerusalem - across the glittering Mediterranean, facing dangers of the body and soul, the heart and mind.

Betas: Immeasurable thanks to [livejournal.com profile] corbyinoz for her encouragement, keen eye for detail, and passion for historical accuracy and [livejournal.com profile] jaimeykay for her honest critique and masterful understanding of characterization.
*Notes: Head over here if you'd like to know about the gen rating, the history of the era, the character names or if you'd like to ask questions or leave constructive criticism.
Thanks as well to [livejournal.com profile] wendy and [livejournal.com profile] thehighwaywoman for running such an amazing challenge - and to all the writers and readers who participate.

Check out the wonderful art masterpost by [livejournal.com profile] orvaen_queen  HERE.



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Background - This story has been stewing around in my brain for many years now ... I'm not even sure how many myself. It's something I've worked out in bits and pieces over time and I'm so grateful to fandom for this challenge so that I could get it all down on paper, so to speak. While I'm certainly no expert, my education and work has been in history for some time now, and I've spent the last few years in particular researching the time period written about here for another project that I may yet get to in the future sometime. It's been good to use that knowledge in a story such as this. That said, please do comment here or PM me if you have an objection to some of the historical choices I've made here. I'm always up for learning something if you happen to have specialized knowledge that you'd like to share. One of the challenges in writing a historical story is to get the "feel" of the story down - to engage in truthful worldbuilding - so that the reader is immersed in that alternate existence. While I've tried to do that in this piece, I'm may have flubbed up.

The period of Late Antiquity has been an area of particular interest and passion for me. The crown prince of Late Antiquity (the Mediterranean from 300 - 700 ad) - indeed the founder of historical specialization in that time - is scholar Peter Brown. Should you have an interest in learning more about the period, a good - at times lyrical - introduction to that era is The World of Late Antiquity. I must confess a great affection for Peter Brown, whose sheer love of history, sweeping vision, and dauntless scholarship have so inspired my own passion for history. Should you have 38 minutes and an interest, you can hear him expound about Late Antiquity and the Silk Road in the below video:



Story Rating - I realize that my rating of this story as Gen may conflict with the vision some readers may have of the genre since it includes a het storyline and indeed some pretty explicit sex. I thought long and hard about the genre and I chose Gen because the overall thrust of the story is not on a romantic relationship but on the adventure. The romantic relationship is an important part of the story, but it does not sum up the story. I view this as a "romance" only in the traditional sense of the word, as an adventure of the heart and mind, one that includes love relationships but is not defined by them.

Character Names - My lovely beta [livejournal.com profile] corbyinoz  has been instrumental in helping me choose character names that were true to the time period while still being recognizable to the reader. Alas, while the name "Jared" is apparently a biblical name, it seemed more likely that his middle name, "Tristan", would be a common for the time period. The Norse origins of the name "Jensen" seemed to argue for its use in the story.


Should you wish to ask questions about the story before you invest the time in reading it, or if you have other comments or questions, feel free to ask them here.
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... is angry this week, my friends. But always magnificent.  Case in point, the eruption of the Icelandic volcano Grímsvötn shot from a helicopter 5 miles out. WOW.

Volcanic Eruption in Grimsvotn, Iceland May 21 2011 from Jon Gustafsson on Vimeo.

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Hey, I got my posting date for the [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang  - June 9th, 4 days into it. I'm pretty happy about that, although it means I'd better revise, revise, revise RIGHT NOW, lol.

Also, my daughter is in the hospital having a baby right now. On Friday the 13th. !!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Going to see Thor this Saturday. And I can't wait for this:



Yowza!

Podfic rec

May. 2nd, 2011 08:03 pm
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I think I might be a little in love with [personal profile] scaramouche. I just recc'd another of her stories the other day. This one is a close second. It's a Dean/Castiel AU that is unique and affecting, clever and hot. [livejournal.com profile] exmanhater has a sweet voice and perfect tempo in this flawless read. Give it a shot! I'm listening to it for the 2nd time in a row and I NEVER do that. Holding Hands with a God, by [personal profile] scaramouche, read by [livejournal.com profile] exmanhater
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Someone snagged this off of tumblr so I don't know where it originated from, but it is SO completely my life that I must share it:


YES

Apr. 30th, 2011 07:38 am
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I just turned the first draft of my [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang fic in!!!!! Final word count - 34,500. I'm nervous about the title and the summary and, well, the entire thing (thank God for rewriting) but it is DONE.

Now I need to get started on my fic for the [livejournal.com profile] darkangel_bb . Aren't you glad you get to hear me whine about that now? LOL. The minimum word count for that one is only 10k, though, so it should be easier. Now I just need to figure out what to write about!

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