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Demifiction: Letter To A Super Hurrah

While reading the comments and discussion around a new story featuring Ashley in the Polychrome Heroics setting - thank you Ysabetwordsmith and siliconshaman and everyone - I was struck by the impulse to write fan mail to the superherx characters … in character as a kid in that universe. So I did. :) This will probably make NO sense if you don't follow that original fiction setting, so considered yourself duly warned... Edits to come, probably.

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(Paper mailed to Ashley Maddison c/o Easy City SPAZMAT, a week or so after the events of "Chase” by siliconhaman. Written on decorative notebook paper with dancing skeletons, carefully written in purple fine-tip marker over a pencil draft. Yes, I know it’ll take some doing for Ashley to read it without disintegrating it … but Kaytee doesn’t know that for sure yet.)

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Dr MS A-s-H-l-e-y-

Dear Ms. Ashley,

I said you on the news and you so cool and smart. And strong and you wear pretty clothes. Because my mama says that you are a super hurrah and you saved the butterfly girl from the kid nabbers. And I like butterflies and cats and my favorite is the black widow spider and the ladybug and crickets and katydids because they are my name and also wasps because they put eggs in the caterpillars ALIVE! And I studied the berettaflies for my insects projects and I did an extra poem and two drawings because I could not put an alive or a close up photograph insect in the poured folio. Here is a drawing of a berettafly for you, next time my mama will skin my good drawing with the skinner at her work so I can keep it but now this is only a drawing on the tablet my mama’s tablet.

I think you are SO COOL and you are AW SOME and I think it is so pretty your clothes that you wear because they are the scary kind of bountiful. I want to be a super hurrah like you when I grow up.

Love Kaytee


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(Anyone know how I attach a picture in Dreamwidth? *goes looking*)

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The exact date is up to working out! And events referenced vaguely as in the news / discussed by a random adult in NOLA can be modified, if they aren’t publicly known.

The basic idea is that this is a rising third grader, quite gifted in some ways and lagging behind peers in others, who loves dark and slightly scary and “too old for you” things like gory information about insects but is basically a happy, innocent kid, and her “wanna grow up to be you” squish (is this correct usage?) on Ashley, a dark superhera who deserves more fans.

Date: 5 Sep 2016 22:31 (UTC)
jessie_c: Me in my floppy hat (Default)
From: [personal profile] jessie_c
You need to use HTML. The syntax is {img src="imageURL" /} but replace the { and } with angle brackets to make it live. The image needs to be hosted on a third-party site such as photobucket or Flickr in order to keep it available for all to see.

Date: 6 Sep 2016 00:26 (UTC)
thnidu: dog is typing at computer and says to another dog "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog." (Internet dog)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
I have a simpler workaround that works for me. When I started blogging, I was on LiveJournal. Then, when DreamWidth came around, I switched here and set up automatic crossposting. And on LiveJournal you can upload a picture directly from your computer.

So I go to LiveJournal and write the post there, or at least upload the picture there. I copy the HTML code from the post and paste it into Dreamwidth – in the HTML editing window, of course, because I don't want my post to be full of angle brackets and such.

I don't even have to actually post the entry on LiveJournal; I usually "cancel" the post as soon as I have the Dreamwidth post successful, because as soon as I finish uploading the picture and click "Insert picture into post" or whatever the label is, it's stored in my space on LiveJournal and I can reference its URL directly from Dreamwidth!
Edited Date: 6 Sep 2016 00:27 (UTC)

Thoughts

Date: 6 Sep 2016 01:11 (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
>> Yes, I know it’ll take some doing for Ashley to read it without disintegrating it … but Kaytee doesn’t know that for sure yet.) <<

Not too difficult -- SPAZMAT has a good idea of what she will and won't dissolve by now. So they can provide page protectors for mail, or just scan it for her to read on her tablet computer. Scientists from Loyola have been sending her new materials to test to destruction too. It's an ongoing process.

>> Because my mama says that you are a super hurrah and you saved the butterfly girl from the kid nabbers. <<

ROTFL!

>> And I like butterflies and cats and my favorite is the black widow spider and the ladybug and crickets and katydids because they are my name and also wasps because they put eggs in the caterpillars ALIVE! <<

I dare you.

>>I did an extra poem and two drawings because I could not put an alive or a close up photograph insect in the poured folio. <<

Oh, there are closeup photos of berettaflies plastered all over the news, courtesy of SPAZMAT and Loyola University. You just can't shoot your own.

>>I want to be a super hurrah like you when I grow up.<<

*diez and iz ded of da kyoot*

>> And events referenced vaguely as in the news / discussed by a random adult in NOLA can be modified, if they aren’t publicly known. <<

They're public, all right. Adalina was captured in the parking lot of the SPOON base, in front of dozens of volunteers. There's no way in hell to hush that up, it hit the internet within seconds.

>> and her “wanna grow up to be you” squish (is this correct usage?) on Ashley, a dark superhera who deserves more fans. <<

Yes, that's correct. :D I agree, Ashley needs more fans. "Dark" doesn't mean "evil."

Re: Thoughts

Date: 6 Sep 2016 03:23 (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
>> This is EXACTLY up Kaytee’s alley. She is one of those kids who is absolutely GLEEFUL over books written to appeal to children’s love of gross humor, weird science facts, and cool animals, <<

Well, she hit the jackpot this time. Ashley is part of at least two teams researching the berettaflies (one at SPAZMAT, one at Loyola) so she has access to some interesting details that aren't proprietary but haven't been publicized yet. Some of the information is being held back until the scientists have cross-checked it with other teams for accuracy before writing papers to release. Safety information is getting routed right to SPAZMAT and ECPD at best-guess stage.

>> especially if she can FREAK OUT adults who are trying to read with her or check on her reading. <<

Yeah, that never stops being funny.

>> Because this is Terramagne, she reads constantly, she hasn’t become hooked on violent video games that take guns to a pornographic level, <<

Games like that are much less popular in T-America, due to their much tighter gun control, which is itself driven by the existence of zap guns. Knife-fighting games are more popular than guns. Adventure games may involve the need for self-defense with various weapons or combat styles, but tend to emphasize more other activities than fighting. The wide array of minimally violent, stylized conflict, or nonviolent games outweigh the really violent ones. T-American gamers are more likely to be problem-solvers than fighters.

>> and instead she is a budding scientist/artist/writer/actor/whatever she’s pretending/‘researching’ this week.<<

:D That is adorable.

>> Before the berettaflies, Kaytee’s ‘science experiment’ was petting stray cats because she WANTED to catch toxoplasmosis and then running to look in the mirror to see if she looked like a zombie yet. She knew it didn’t exactly worked that way, but her imagination is more important than the facts she’s memorized sometimes. <<

0_o Someone needs to teach that kid about lab safety before she winds up in this.

>> Hmmm...her mother, being politically aware and personally sensitive, will point out the issues with an ethnically-themed costume...but I bet one of Kaytee's MANY ideas for Halloween will be a zombie, gypsy, moth costume. All of those at once, instead of the one insect combining the descriptors. :) <<

That is brilliant. You should totally write it. And while gypsy is a rude term for the Roma, it has a tradition of its own on New Orleans. There are krewes with a gypsy theme, and random people dress with that motif too.

Re: Thoughts

Date: 6 Sep 2016 05:08 (UTC)
stardreamer: Meez headshot (Default)
From: [personal profile] stardreamer
Kaytee needs to meet up with Jack Hodgins from Bones. He's got exactly the same attitude about gross "bug and slime" stuff that she does, and would probably be delighted to help mentor her when she's a little older. Between him and Ashley, she'd be FORMIDABLE by the time she gets out of college!

Incidentally, this is ADORABLE.

Re: Thoughts

Date: 6 Sep 2016 05:06 (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
>> Glad you enjoyed. It's probably the same root word in "nab" and "kidnap" and it simply makes more sense to her. <<

That makes sense.

>> I'm vaguely basing her school (summer school?) project on one I did in third grade with trees, which was a portfolio with facts, measurements, images, and creative writing.<<

That's a good project. More often than not, T-American lessons include multiple learning modes and intelligence types. Not necessarily every one in every lesson, but usually several per lesson. It means that kids can usually find an option that works for them.

>> And in this project, one of the options for fulfilling the graphics portion is indeed to shoot your own close up photo...but Kaytee asked for and got permission to draw in detail instead (obviously she couldn't photograph a berettafly in person) because she wanted all the big images to be HER OWN work. She used the publicly available photos as references. <<

:D Kid's got a good work ethic.

>> She painted the dolls with splashes of glow-in-the-dark tempera paint and strung them up in a tree to see if she could attract fairies. <<

LOL that is so awesome. It's New Orleans, she probably got the idea from bottle trees if not the old fake-fairy photos.

>>This was fun to do. If/when I write a second piece, I'll ask you to add me to the page.<<

Yay! That's awesome.

Thanks for coming to play in my sandbox. It's always flattering when folks want to do that, adding their time and energy to mine.

Aww!

Date: 6 Sep 2016 01:32 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] zianuray
Kaytee sounds adorable!

Date: 6 Sep 2016 01:55 (UTC)
From: [personal profile] chanter_greenie
Oh my gosh that's adorable! <3

Date: 6 Sep 2016 02:24 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fyreharper
:D

Date: 6 Sep 2016 10:16 (UTC)
siliconshaman: black cat against the moon (Default)
From: [personal profile] siliconshaman
Kaytee is adorable!! Incidentally, I'm mentally pegging this as end of week three, basically to avoid collision with anything else.

You know, I rather think Ashley will be writing back. [once I've scraped together enough brain-cells and marinated them in caffeine for a bit.]

Date: 6 Sep 2016 19:30 (UTC)
siliconshaman: black cat against the moon (Default)
From: [personal profile] siliconshaman
Ashley's letter is up now.

Date: 6 Sep 2016 14:18 (UTC)
mdlbear: (happy-turtle)
From: [personal profile] mdlbear
Yay! Kaytee is, as everyone else has said, perfectly adorable.

This has a lot of potential.

Date: 6 Sep 2016 15:50 (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
*eeeeeeee*

This is adorable and I'm very glad to see a new Berettafly thread coming up!

D'aww

Date: 7 Sep 2016 23:22 (UTC)
shiori_makiba: Makiba Shiori in Kanji and Roman Letters (Default)
From: [personal profile] shiori_makiba
Awww! How cute.

I like Kaytee - she sounds like such a sweet and curious kid.

Date: 9 Sep 2016 20:43 (UTC)
jewelfox: A portrait of a female anthropomorphic fox, with a pink jewelled pendant and a cute overbite. (Default)
From: [personal profile] jewelfox
I just posted a tutorial for how to upload pictures to Dreamwidth and format them nicely, without using email or anything. You can also see a list of the files you've uploaded.

Maybe reblog it if you find it useful. c: It seems like everyone in the comments uses a different (and more cumbersome) method.

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