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12 December 2008 @ 07:59 pm
A Tribute: No More Snakes and Ladders (by Reremouse & Tabaqui)  
There once was a fic.  A massive, intense, beautiful fic that starts out at the bottom of a pit in Sunnydale (sorta) and climbs to dizzying heights.  Written by two of my most favorite Buffy-verse authors.  Every line is love.  And since I first discovered it I've read it, and re-read it, and honestly if the computer screen or the links had the ability to wear away they would have with the number of times I've returned to take in a chapter or two, or go through the whole long ride one more time.  So you'll understand that I couldn't just make one graphic for this fic.  I couldn't even just make two.  Instead, like the fic itself that has 25 "squares", I've made a graphic for each chapter.  Each is a little visual ditty that hopefully will evoke a little something for each of you that have read it (or if you haven't, please, go read it).

So, I'd like to introduce to you to:





























































 
 
 
darkhavensdarkhavens on December 13th, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
Dayum! This is - they are - gorgeous! And now I need to reread NMS&L cos all those quotes have pulled me back in. Beautiful work!
my monkied brain: s/x - greek godskatekat1010 on December 13th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
thanks so much sweetie!!! they've been a labor, but a labor of love, and I'm so glad they made you want to go back and reread - that was *exactly* what I was going for!
my monkied brain: s/x - a quiet momentkatekat1010 on December 13th, 2008 02:24 am (UTC)
question for you - would it be ok if i posted this at bloodclaim?
darkhavensdarkhavens on December 13th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
Hell yes! NMS&L is a modern classic and deserves all the pimping and praise it can get. :D

(Also, that Old Speckled Hen image made me grin because I got to pick the beer for that scene, as beta and Brit-picker. *g*)
my monkied brain: xander - excitedkatekat1010 on December 13th, 2008 03:00 am (UTC)
woot! thanks :D

(Also, that Old Speckled Hen image made me grin because I got to pick the beer for that scene, as beta and Brit-picker. *g*)

LOL that's *awesome*!
darkhavensdarkhavens on December 19th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
And now a question for you. :D

I've just finished piecing together a single html file of NMS&L and would love to include your graphics and produce a PDF/zipfile of the whole thing, all duly credited, of course.

I would give copies to Tabaqui and Rere and it would be their decision to share with fandom at large (or not, but I can't see that happening, *g*), but I'm sure they'd love for you to have your own copy, whatever they decide.

If you could let me know your decision ASAP that would be great. :D
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on December 19th, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)
OH MY GOD YOU DID IT!?!

I attempted it, actually, just to see if I could do it for myself, and I couldn't get past the fifth chapter. You? Are amazing! The work that entailed is just staggering.

And *of course* you can use them!! Though are you pasting into a word doc and then pdf-ing it or using a different type of pdfing program? (the only reason why i ask is for programs like indesign when it creates the pdf the graphics look low-rez and grainy)

If the second is the case, or if when you do a test the graphics look grainy, I could actually try giving you a set of files with higher-resolution than 72 dpi. I wouldn't be able to finish a higher reze set in the next four days (family stuff) but could have it for you after xmas.

Or, if you think they're ok, then absolutely!! (also, i don't know if it was obvious from the posting, but that "teaser" graphic is actually a full size cover too).

Thanks so much for asking - that's just AWESOME!
darkhavensdarkhavens on December 19th, 2008 02:59 am (UTC)
I've been working on it for the last... week and a half? The days have all blurred together in a flurry of copying and pasting and tweaking code and doing a little bit of betaing too. (I've beta'd for both authors long enough to know what they'll let me get away with and where their blind spots are. *g*)

I took a shortcut, I suppose you could say, and edited the lj source code of each Square into one huge (2.06MB) html file, spent some time tidying everything up, then went back and coded in the graphics. (I did get the fullsized 'cover' when I snagged the others, thanks!)

I used ABBYY PDF Transformer to turn the html into a PDF while I was waiting for your okay. (I had another, graphics-free, version of the html standing by just in case. ;) )

The graphics look good to my untrained eye, but I can email you a copy of the PDF if you'd like, so you can decide for yourself. :D
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on December 24th, 2008 04:46 am (UTC)
hi lady - just got back into town from family visits, sorry i hadn't replied to this! anyway, i'm sure they're totally fine :D
darkhavens: sx headtilt& [literati]darkhavens on December 27th, 2008 12:10 am (UTC)
It's all done and just waiting to be shared. If you want to PM me your email I can send you a copy straightaway. :D
i will write in words of fireposhlil on December 13th, 2008 05:31 am (UTC)
I have never SEEN this story before but you have just given me good cause to go and read it. Gorgeous work as always Kate!

(oh, and you've furthered my desire for a BtVS rewatch but that happens every summer)
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on December 24th, 2008 04:47 am (UTC)
DUDE! I can't recommend this highly enough!!!

(and i'm like that, you know i am)

*squish*

missus_grace: spanderonemissus_grace on December 13th, 2008 07:57 am (UTC)
Wow. That is fantastic! I also love to read and re-read this story...
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on December 24th, 2008 04:48 am (UTC)
It's one of my favorite comfort fics! Thanks sweetest!
Lidiabeloved4always on December 13th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
I've never read this but these graphics are just beautiful!! The authors must be thrilled by your tribute. thanks for sharing it.
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on December 24th, 2008 04:48 am (UTC)
I *highly* reccomend (if that isn't kind of obvious) - and thank you so much for the lovely comment! They were indeed thrilled (thankfully *grin*)
I am Derek's vocal eyebrows: sx; touch [me]literati on December 14th, 2008 06:16 am (UTC)
Absolutely stunning. I'm in awe! ♥ ♥
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on December 24th, 2008 04:51 am (UTC)
AWWW! you are too sweet - thanks lady!!
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my monkied brainkatekat1010 on December 24th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)
You are too sweet! Thank you so much for this fantastic feedback - knowing that i recalled parts of the story for you prove that i was doing something right (and as far as the images you might not be sure of, sometimes they were things mentioned in a single line, so don't feel bad!).

And happy rereading. Oh, and I wouldn't have left out the douse for anything!! *grin*
laazikaatlaazikaat on May 25th, 2012 12:13 am (UTC)
I'd like to use these graphics in a header for my link to this story at SpanderFiles if that's okay with you? This tribute to the story is gorgeous, I want to make a flash movie file with these images.
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on May 25th, 2012 01:56 am (UTC)
of course sweetie!! let me know if you need any different sizes or anything?
laazikaatlaazikaat on June 28th, 2012 08:40 am (UTC)
I've been having computer problems and only just received your reply. Thank you so much, it's an absolutely beautiful tribute.