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Aerden [userpic]
Grossed Out

Back in the 90's, I was part of a large collaborative writing project with some other Pern writers, mainly people from Fort 9 and Sable Weyr--classic Sable Weyr. We decided we were tired of writing Pern and wanted to create our own shared world.

We wanted to write stories which were somewhat like Pern in the dramatic set-up (heroes who were looked askance at by the 'normal' society), but we also wanted villains who had more personality than Thread. And we wanted them to be really villainous. Our vortecien mages would have wiped the floor up with the Death-Eaters. They were what the DE could not be because the DE were written for a series of children's books. You might not want to meet Bellatrix LeStrange. You don't ever want to meet a vortecien.

We had developed a really neat, intricate, complex, and full-bodied world, with the Cadre of cavaliers (read 'dragonriders') and their enemies, the vorteciens, and all sorts of internecine politicking going on among the characters.

And now, some death-metal rock band has taken the name of our anthology and used it as the title for one of their songs. I read the lyrics. I can't even begin to convey my revulsion. Ick, ick, ick.

I hate having the name of something I loved be turned into something nauseating.

T-Shirt: I should design a t-shirt:


We have more personality than Thread!

Current Mood: indescribableindescribable

Heavy metal named Children of the Vortex? OK, I guess I can see how that would happen.

I loved that writing group. Marguerite was one of my favorite (written by me)characters because she was competent, and brave, and way less worldly then she seemed...and then had to choose which evil to embrace if she was going to survive. She walked, and straddled, and muddled, a line too faint to be seen. I so want to continue her story...but it doesn't really fit in any other context. Perhaps someday I'll find her a home.

The band is called Necrophagia, which is nauseating in itself. One of their songs is called "Children of the Vortex."

I liked Marguerite--and all the Corbeaus, too. It was a very fun world, but yes, hard to translate into another venue.

I'd like to write more about Micois and his family--Helene still cracks me up! Then there's Zeldon and Renever.

Did I ever write a COTV story called "Fall from Grace?" Or have I just thought about writing it so much that I think it exists somewhere?


Well, I haven't read "Fall From Grace", but we had Leah at the end of the groups run, so I could have missed it!

OK, Chantal--go write me some Pern while your dander is up!

Just what about it makes it gross? Or am I going to be sorry I asked?