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The Vampire has Risen!

Been a while since I posted site news!!

Scribes of Angel was launched nearly 20 years ago, in various homes, and it went down a couple of years ago, due to our old coding being incompatible with the site hosting. We didn't have time to make all the alterations needed to bring it up to scratch, and we thought that was the end of it. However, the fans still love it, and I was still getting lots of pleas to not let it die. So we came up with a compromise! We managed to get an A-Z list of stories (over 900!) back up for everyone to enjoy. Sadly we had to ditch the database, so it isn't searchable and some of the outside links don't work (I have no control over those) but there are plenty of great stories to get your teeth into! We decided to leave the original closing message in place and just added our updates – we thought it was important to keep Scribes' history intact.

Scribes of Angel

A reminder that Project Paranormal has had a tidy up and the story links all work on there, too.

Project Paranormal

In addition, our homepage has been updated for links to all of the my 'current' sites, and there may well be some changes and alterations to those sites soon, too.

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Anyway, we hope it brings you some pleasure in these trying times.
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Character Bios

One for the writers among you - I think you should know your original character inside out, so sometimes, I like to play with Bios. I thought you might like to take a look at my latest version - feel free to use if you wish, or if you have suggestions for great questions I would love to hear them!

I'm going to assume that you already know your characters' name, and a rough idea of what they look like. But here are some ideas to get you thinking more deeply about who they are – and of course, ignore anything that you don't like or isn't relevant.

1. Do they have any tattoos or piercings?
2. What kind of clothes do they wear?
3. Any scars? How did they get them?
4. What family do they have?
5. What is their relationship with their family?
6. Place of birth?
7. Where do they live?
8. Where have they lived?
9. What is their job?
10. Do they have any specialist training? Qualifications?
11. Do they have a natural talent for something?
12. Do they like to travel?
13. Where is their favourite place?
14. Who is their best friend – or friends?
15. Who was their best friend/s as a child?
16. What happened to those friends? Are they still in contact?
17. Does this character like him/herself?
18. Are they in good health?
19. Any minor health issues?
20. Favourite food?
21. Food they don't like?
22. Favourite book?
23. Favourite soft drink?
24. Alcoholic drink of choice?
25. Favourite movie/film/play?
26. Any hobbies or pastimes?
27. Do they play any sports? Are they any good?
28. What might this person do in their spare time?
29. What would be a great gift for this person?
30. Do they have any pets?
31. Favourite childhood pet?
32. Can they drive? Do they have a favourite vehicle?
33. Idiosyncrasies?
34. Most embarrassing thing that ever happened to him?
35. Are they more optimistic or pessimistic?
36. Are they introverted or extroverted?
37. How do they display affection?
38. How do they react to praise?
39. How do they react to criticism?
40. What is their greatest fear?
41. When was the last time they cried?
42. Would they prefer to be indoors or outdoors?
43. What is their best childhood memory?
44. What is their worst childhood memory?
45. Are they in a relationship?
46. How do they behave in a relationship?
47. Has your character ever been in love?
48. Have they ever had their heart broken?
49. How do they respond to a threat?
50. What is their choice of weapon?
51. What is their favourite animal?
52. Which animal to they dislike the most?
53. What is the most beautiful thing they have ever seen?
54. What is on their bedside table?
55. What is in their bag/purse/wallet/pocket?
56. What is their most treasured possession?
57. Are they minimalist or a clutter hoarder?
58. What do they do first thing on a weekday morning?
59. Are they comfortable with technology?
60. What is their most powerful memory?
61. What might they have for breakfast?
62. Can they – do they like to – cook?
63. What would you notice first about this character?
64. Favourite childhood toy.
65. Have they killed anyone? Who was the first?
66. What would be a good way for them to spend a day?
67. What was their first experience of death? Who, or what, was it?
68. Do they have a hero or role model?
69. Do they like music? What kind?
70. Do they have any birth marks, moles or freckles?
71. Favourite cafe/restaurant/pub/public place?
72. Do they take any regular medication, or have any allergies or intolerance's?
73. Is there something this person can't, or doesn't like, to do?
74. Does this person have a dream or goal to achieve?
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Fandom website musings

As most of you know, I've been known to make websites. And for the record, I've had enormous fun doing so.

Recently I was poking around some fan posts, where one person commented that in the old days everyone had their own websites, but nowadays people use the likes of Fanfiction or AO3. She wasn't being rude, but I got the impression that she was saying that individual websites were somehow... inferior to the big multi sites.

I know I haven't been in the game for a bit... but... is that really the case? Does nobody make their own sites now? If so, that's... appalling. I'm aware I'm something of a dinosaur but I don't like the big fan sites. I tried Fanfiction.net, I think I have a story on there somewhere, but I hated it; I don't use AO3, and I definitely don't want to join anything just to read some stories.

For me, part of the fun of running your own sites is control. (Yes, I have been called a megalomaniac before!) Its fun planning how you want it to look, how you want people to view it, what you want on it. From what I've seen, the big sites are white, bland, and impersonal. They feel soulless to me. One thing I loved to do on Scribes was find the little gems that nobody else had found. Often the author was shy, or frightened of the archives, or lacked confidence – and that kind of author would never be found on the biggies. All those brilliant stories lost. And every time I asked for a story – Scribes had around 900 stories and every one of them was posted with the authors' permission (that was a lot of emails, I can tell you!) - the author was so thrilled to be chosen that it made their day – and mine, for that matter.

Perhaps arrogantly, I'm proud of my part in the Buffy fandom. Authors have told me I've given them confidence to write more, to learn, and try new things. My fiction challenges have inspired thousands of stories that wouldn't have existed at all. Friends have written stories simply because I've asked them to, and we've shared ideas and plot bunnies and generally leant on each other, and its horrifying to me that none of those stories would exist without the small friendly archives. My stories wouldn't exist, either. It took Mike weeks to persuade me to post my first offerings online, and that, friends, is how my first website came to be.

Of course, its entirely possible I've got the wrong end of the stick and am getting my knickers in a twist over a silly misunderstanding. I hope so.

Have I got it wrong? Do you like the big archives?
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Project Paranormal

I've been meaning to post this for days! So many things to do...

While many of my Angel sites are, sadly, no longer open, Project Paranormal most definitely is. It had been suffering from the same coding issues that took out Scribes and the forum, but, we've given it a bit of a spring clean, Mike has updated the coding, and, we hope, it shouldn't be affected by that particular problem again. We've also altered the entry pages so that readers come into the story on season one, which makes more sense.

In addition, while I was scurrying around my old Project files, I found lots of oddments that may be of interest to readers. Notes on behind the scene stuff, pictures, sillyness, ideas we had, that kind of thing. If anyone would be interested, I could maybe put them up on our old journal, projectpara Of course, after all this time people might not care very much, but I thought I'd put the idea out and gauge the reaction.

And talking of old LJ communities, what happened to all the header pictures? My old coms have lost their graphics - I assume you have to pay for them nowadays, but its sad when all the nice graphics have gone.
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10 years of Cookie Days!

I have no idea if there are any B/A fans still hanging around here, but just in case:

Happy Cookie Day!




May 20th is Cookie Day!

On May 20th 2003, the episode Chosen aired. This was the episode that contained Buffy’s cookie dough speech, and perhaps by now she has finished baking. To commemorate this, in 2010, I organised our very first B/A Cookie Day. Want to join in?

You can take part by:

· Telling everyone it's Cookie Day!
· Sharing your favourite cookie recipes.
· Eating cookies
· Sharing cookies
· Buying cookies
· Making cookies
· Sharing your B/A cookie drabbles and stories
· Making some cookie-related artwork.

· Spread the Cookie Love!
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Happy Cookie Day!

Happy Cookie Day!




May 20th is Cookie Day!

On May 20th 2003, the episode Chosen aired. This was the episode that contained Buffy’s cookie dough speech, and perhaps by now she has finished baking. To commemorate this, in 2010, I organised our very first B/A Cookie Day. Want to join in?

You can take part by:

· Telling everyone it's Cookie Day!
· Sharing your favourite cookie recipes.
· Eating cookies
· Sharing cookies
· Buying cookies
· Making cookies
· Sharing your B/A cookie drabbles and stories
· Making some cookie-related artwork.

· Spread the Cookie Love!

Oh, and not a B/A fan? Have a cookie anyway...
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New Things!

I have a brand new jewellery website that I am just about to launch. If anyone would like to have a quick look around, tell me what you think, and tell me if you see any problems or spelling mistakes, etc, that I've missed? No need to buy anything!! There isn't too much there yet in the nature of products, a bit low after Christmas, but I'm working on filling it up.

I still have my Etsy shop, and since many of my items are one-off, I had a bit of a problem deciding what to put where, but I think the new website is going to lean more heavily on brass, slks, ceramics and other quality materials.

https://www.rosebayjewellery.com

Thank you!


Also, my son Mike, he who laboured on my Buffy websites for nigh on two decades (he doesn't even watch it!) has now got a new game trailer out. It won't be available till next year but if you would like to see the trailer you can view it on Youtube and Steam:


Trailer video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esjXezkVWqc
Steam page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1023560/Cornflake_Crisis/

Also if you've got a Twitter account, and wouldn't mind retweeting for him, you can find that here:  https://twitter.com/mikehive/status/1093206741926449152

So, what's new with you?
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Happy Cookie Day!

Happy Cookie Day!




May 20th is Cookie Day!

On May 20th 2003, the episode Chosen aired. This was the episode that contained Buffy’s cookie dough speech, and perhaps by now she has finished baking. To commemorate this, in 2010, I organised our very first B/A Cookie Day. Want to join in?

You can take part by:

· Telling everyone it's Cookie Day!
· Sharing your favourite cookie recipes.
· Eating cookies
· Sharing cookies
· Buying cookies
· Making cookies
· Sharing your B/A cookie drabbles and stories
· Making some cookie-related artwork.

· Spread the Cookie Love!

Oh, and not a B/A fan? Have a cookie anyway...