Today is the birthday of esteemed Professor Inman, known around here as penwiper26. I call her Professor for a complicated set of reasons dating back to my teenaged years running wild in a pack of fellow book fiends. We called each other professor. Poor Ms Inman doesn't know this; I just inflict the nickname on her puzzled self. But it's by way of saying, aha, kindred mind!
The thing you should know is that penwiper26 writes fanfiction, mostly BuffyVerse-ish, mostly Giles-ish. A whole bunch of it. And that these stories are good stories, well-crafted, smooth on their surfaces but with depths of allusion to explore if you wish.
You will recall, dear reader, that I've said before that feedback is the bestest present to give a writer on his or her birthday. In fandom, anyway. Once they've gone pro, you buy their books. But consider the benefits:
1. It's free! Your investment is time spent reading a good story, which is why you're here.
2. Feedback makes writers grin like silly people, and encourages them to write more stories for you to read. Which is why you're here.
"But! There so many stories to choose from!" I hear you cry. "And so many of them are long!"
What? You're complaining about the good part? The generosity that leads a writer like Professor I to wrestle with something as large and unwieldy as a novel, defeat it, and drag it to you for your entertainment? Oh, all right.
If you're here, you're a Giles fan, probably. So start with "Situation Normal", a little post-"Flooded" story of Giles sitting up waiting for Buffy to return from haring off to be Angel. Or how about "Five Variations on an Urban Legend", a little thing about Giles and Buffy and what they're doing. Or one of my very favorites, "Strictly Library", in which Buffy cajoles Giles into teaching her how to dance. If you're going to read only one, read that one, okay?
But if you're finally admitting that I'm right here and you have to read everything penwiper26 has written, settle down with her Big Story, Shadow Though it Be and feel Sunnydale come to being around you.
Happy birthday, L!
PS: Any anecdotes told in the course of this birthday recommendation may be entirely made up. Watch out or I'll inflict a nickname on you.