Jan. 9th, 2015

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Until recently, the [livejournal.com profile] maryrenaultfics community on LiveJournal was active. Indeed, this past summer saw its tenth anniversary. However, its moderators have decided to place it on hiatus.

Their decision, of course. Unfortunately, it puts two of its members in a difficult position.

For the Ten Years On (10YO) Celebrations, my sister [personal profile] fawatson and myself planned a series of ficlets set in a metaverse that was created in 2008 by the members of [livejournal.com profile] maryrenaultfics to be a place outside space and time that can be visited by any of the characters from Mary Renault's books. Originally, the Clubhouse there was simply a place where an Interviewer could chat with the characters. (The In Their Own Words project, it was called.) Over time, though, it became much, much more. In addition to the original interviews, a number of individual stories and series were set in this ITOWverse. Some of these were celebratory in nature (for instance, the Five Years On Celebrations of 2009). Others were comments on current events at the community: the characters' own perspectives on the members. A fictional newspaper, The Renault Times, allowed another form of meta as it was ostensibly delivered to the characters in their own books, reporting to them on events in both the ITOWverse and the [livejournal.com profile] maryrenaultfics community, while "columns" from it were posted as commentary.

So, naturally, an ITOWverse series was planned for the tenth anniversary of the comm; and my sister and I duly began to write and post it at that time. But it was never completed: events in the summer of 2014 derailed our best intentions. We intended to return to it—all fall and into the winter we intended to return to it. Indeed, after the Yuletide gift exchange (in which we both participated), we did indeed start back writing; and one post was made.

However, before we could continue, [livejournal.com profile] maryrenaultfics was closed.

This community has been created, therefore, so that we may complete our intended series of 10YO stories and provide an ITOW transition to the future.
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Olde Tyme is New!

Lead story by Michael Odell

Just announced is the establishment of [community profile] ye_olde_renault, a new community for fans of Mary Renault’s historical novels. Congratulations to our own [livejournal.com profile] toujours_nigel and [livejournal.com profile] bee_muse, who will be familiar to all our readers, for their creation of this intriguing addition to Renault fandom.

Unlike our dear familiar [livejournal.com profile] maryrenaultfics, the new community is based not on LiveJournal but on Dreamwidth, a similar journaling site that is advertisement-free (always a plus). Those who follow members’ personal blogs will long since have spotted that quite a few have already switched to Dreamwidth and ‘cross-post’ entries to LiveJournal. Sadly, this function is not available for communities; so [community profile] ye_olde_renault will be available only on Dreamwidth. It is an open community; so all who are interested can freely read it, follow it, and comment to posts using Open ID. Do please check it out!

The new community has already started a drabble/drawble fest. Prompts are currently being added to the post; and everyone is invited to add their own, claim those that are there, and write or draw responses. So far several people have added suggestions; and it is certain that more will follow.

A major activity in the near future will be a chapter-by-chapter discussion of the Theseus duology, The King Must Die and The Bull from the Sea. We can see their hero from here, lording it round the Clubhouse, pleased as punch with the attention this will bring to his renowned history, while the other characters from his books are basking in reflected glory. So far, our familiar [livejournal.com profile] maryrenaultfics members have not yet held a CBC on these books; so there is much excitement.

We look forward to hearing more about this book discussion in the near future. Dates to be announced.

Congratulations once again to our own [livejournal.com profile] toujours_nigel and [livejournal.com profile] bee_muse ([personal profile] filia_noctis on Dreamwidth), and best wishes for them and all their community members. All of us wish them a long and fruitful future.

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