Saturday, December 13, 2014

Weekly One Shot Challenge

Week 47
For Week Ending: Sunday, December 20
The Gift of the Magi

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Alison Griffiths

It is with a heavy heart we say goodbye to a beloved fanfiction writer and friend, Alison Griffiths, who recently passed away. Known as Northman Maille and Alisonbynumbers on, Alison was an active member of the SVM community, a frequent beta as well as writer, co-host of the original 2010 I Write the Songs contest, and staff member of The 1000 Year Old Viking community where all SVM fics that have reached 1000 reviews are listed.

Seastarr08 called her "one of the funniest, most upbeat people I've had the pleasure of encountering" on the page Alison-beads-of-fiction where her friends wrote stories and made banners as a get-well-soon present when she was in the hospital in June of 2010.

Her I Write the Songs co-host, Northwoman, credits Alison with "the brilliant idea of music for a theme" for the most popular contest in the fandom.

Alison was loved by many and will be sorely missed in our community. Rest in peace, dear friend.
One of Alison's best friends is Maggie, a fanfiction writer we all know as Cageyspice. Here's her tribute to Alison:

Alison entered my life as a reader of my stories; she left it as one of my very best friends.
In 2011, Alison started working with me as my Beta. As I went on to write original fiction, she was my critique partner, my editor, my sounding board—but those are just labels to put on some of the ways she supported me in my hobby. She was, quite simply, my dear friend.
It can be hard to explain to others how I could become so close to someone who I never had the pleasure to meet in person, but fandom is like that. It is a place where we meet over a common interest, and, sometimes, we have the very good fortune to find someone with whom we really connect.
Alison was an artist. She wrote beautifully, though I could rarely convince her to do it. She preferred to work with her hands, crafting ethereal glass beads in her lampworking studio lovingly built by her husband. She also picked up crocheting overnight and supplied many grateful Canadians with hats. Whether reading, editing, working with glass, or with a crochet hook—or all four in a day—Alison was a force to be reckoned with. She never seemed to stop. For someone who had every reason to feel let down by fate, she did not subscribe to that notion.
We got to know each other’s families. My children, her dogs, our husbands . . . the intricate net of people who surround our lives and keep us together. We shared big life moments. We shared the mundane. For the past two days I have had the shock of seeing things I can’t wait to tell her about, only to be hit by the realization that she is no longer here.
I write all the time, but I feel like I can’t write about her. I can’t capture what her friendship brought to my life . . . it’s as if the puzzle that holds our language together and gives it meaning can’t create the picture of the woman I knew and will miss terribly. Maybe I won’t try to put those words together. Maybe I’ll just put them down here and let them work themselves out.
Loved, loving, inspiring, entertaining, challenging, driven, curious, generous, brave, supportive, undaunted, irrepressible, missed, cherished, remembered.
—Maggie (Cageyspice)
My friendship with Alison also crossed the line between the fanfiction world and real life when we became Facebook friends. When I saw photos of the beautiful hats she crocheted, I sent her some ceramic buttons I'd made to embellish them. In return, she sent me some of her beautiful glass beads and buttons.


My favorite story of hers is All the Nice Girls Love a Sailor, her entry in The Age of Eric Contest that explains the mystery of the Mary Celeste by putting Eric in the story in 1872.
She was a wonderful artist, writer, humorist, animal lover, and devoted wife. I feel lucky to have known her even a little.
Please feel free to share your favorite memories of Alison as well. You can either post them in the comments here or contact me to add them to the body of this post.
In Alison's honor, her husband Malc has asked that donations be sent to The Dogs Trust or the animal shelter of your choosing.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Weekly One Shot Challenge

Week 46
For Week Ending: Sunday, December 13
Bah Humbug

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Weekly One Shot Challenge

Week 45
For Week Ending: Sunday, December 6
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” --Frederick Douglass

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Weekly One Shot Challenge

Week 44
For Week Ending: Sunday, November 29
Make Eric thankful.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Weekly One Shot Challenge

Week 43
For Week Ending: Sunday, November 23
Never attribute to malice what can easily be explained by simple stupidity.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Weekly One Shot Challenge

Week 42
For Week Ending: Sunday, November 16