Dec 291998
 

Title: Egypt Underground
Characters: Thoth, Sekhet, Bast, Isis, Mut, Min, Apis, Anuket… Most of the Egyptian pantheon
Rating: G-
Warnings: Protagonists are … honourable thieves.
Notes: Written in the winter of 1998, this predates The Matrix, but when the movie came out, I gave up dev, because it was just close enough to be called a cheap knock-off.
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Jun 021998
 

Title: Daemon’s Theatre
Fandom: N/A
Characters: N/A
Rating: G-
Warnings: Mad-crazy theatre superstitions.
Notes: Ars(e) Poetica #17. May/June 1998. 14-17 are numbered but not dated. By the content and numbers, I can place them approximately, but I make no claims to the accuracy of the dates. Calling it June 2, for my sanity.

Another true story, sadly… You couldn’t flush the toilet backstage without it being heard in the house, and the stage managers kept bitching people for not flushing the toilet (not flushing during a show is policy), so we got locked out of the bathrooms for the entire run of the show, and had to use the audience restrooms in the hall. *shakes fist angrily*

Also, I don’t know if it’s as prevalent as it once was, but the theatres I was familiar with were horrendously superstitious places. You couldn’t say "Macbeth" backstage for any reason; instead one said "MacScottishPlay" so as not to piss off the daemons in the lofts, who were the beasts that controlled the success or failure of a show.

I miss those days, at those times…
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Jun 021998
 

Title: Run for the Money…
Fandom: N/A
Characters: N/A
Rating: G-
Warnings: Author is a pretty pretty princess.
Notes: Ars(e) Poetica #16. May/June 1998. 14-17 are numbered but not dated. By the content and numbers, I can place them approximately, but I make no claims to the accuracy of the dates. Calling it June 2, for my sanity.

This one was written about an actual experience I had, working backstage in the theatre department. The "head" in line 6 is the head of Costume for that show, which, looking back, I believe to have been Getting Away With Murder.

Some years later, I acquired that dress, when a totally other theatre shut down. And damn, do I look good in drag.
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Jun 021998
 

Title: Ode to a Grape: An Exercise in Absurdity
Fandom: N/A
Characters: N/A
Rating: G-
Warnings: Crack. Fruitsalad.
Notes: Ars(e) Poetica #15. May/June 1998. 14-17 are numbered but not dated. By the content and numbers, I can place them approximately, but I make no claims to the accuracy of the dates. I’m calling it June 2, for my sanity’s sake.

This was written while I was having lunch in a pancake house that has long since been bulldozed to make way for a pharmacy.
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Jun 021998
 

Title: Through The Plexiglass
Fandom: N/A
Characters: N/A
Rating: G-
Warnings: Crack. Fruitsalad.
Notes: Ars(e) Poetica #14. May/June 1998. 14-17 are numbered but not dated. By the content and numbers, I can place them approximately, but I make no claims to the accuracy of the dates. I know it is after May 14th, when Frank Sinatra died; it’s after Bonny Mad Charlie went missing — I have his parents names written in pencil a page or two before #14… And I can tell by the pen that 14-17 were all written on the same day. I’m calling it June 2. If you know me wrong, let me know.

This was written while I was having lunch in a pancake house that has long since been bulldozed to make way for a pharmacy. Line 8 is a reference to "Dogs Don’t Go Moo," a story I’ll tell later, when I start telling the Mythic History of the Wasteland.
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Mar 201998
 

Title: A Cowboy, an Offworlder, and a Killer for Shoes
Characters: Julia Roarke, Amelia Bayer, Marc Marquette, William/Willie, Doug Burke, and an unfortunate poodle.
Rating: T
Warnings: Bad grammar, murder, animal cruelty.
Notes: Written in 1998, with three other people from my class, for an assignment in collaborative writing. If I’m not mistaken, the characters (except the offworlder) are theirs, and the writing is primarily mine. Yes, I know there’s a sudden tense shift. I take full responsibility for that. Also, the text of this post was OCR’ed from the only copy left, so I’m slowly editing it into legibility.
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Mar 031998
 

Title: Life is Bigger…
Fandom: N/A
Characters: N/A
Rating: T
Warnings: Envy. Abuse.
Notes: Ars(e) Poetica :: March 3, 1998. Yeah, so, I said something about ‘my fault’, in the last note. I wasn’t kidding. The swishy Queen Bitch, over here, has had a thing for damsels in distress, and occasionally kicks over into ass-kicking knight in shining armour mode. Tits and chocolate frosting will no longer cause me to extract you from your shitty relationship, beat up your boyfriend, and then buy you breakfast.
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Mar 031998
 

Title: Isolati
Fandom: N/A
Characters: N/A
Rating: T
Warnings: Death. Wangst.
Notes: Ars(e) Poetica #11 :: March 3, 1998. I hate this one. A lot. I was going through some shit with the wife, at the time, and well… I was a fucking mess. I was watching her come apart, and there was nothing I knew how to do about it. In the end, I was a fag, at heart, and she was a lesbian. It ended really poorly, later that year, as these things do. Also, I would like to publicly state that it was my fault, and I’m a dick, just in case you like me and were thinking of blaming her or the circumstances. We’re still good friends. I’m still in love with her.
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Mar 031998
 

Title: The Jade Marie
Fandom: N/A
Characters: N/A
Rating: M
Warnings: Implicit underage prostitution
Notes: Ars(e) Poetica #13 :: March 3, 1998. I don’t even know what to say about this… It’s not about one person, it’s about an entire chain, one after another… they never saw that they were worth anything more than flesh paid.
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