If only that book were a stylistic influence. I'd be much funnier.

Someone found my fic archive using the search phrase "how do you get rid of gun powder residue", and I am thinking that alas! "Gunpowder Tea" probably didn't answer this person's question.

My plan for my second summer_of_giles posting day this Saturday: Giles, Xander, an attic in Cleveland, tattooing, knives, angst, sex, and a bit of Giles-Buffy friendship. Am unhappy with my name for the series, and am tempted to just call it "Chilly Scenes of Winter" after the playlist I compiled to get me in the mood for it, which is in turn named for the Ann Beattie novel. Which was influential on me stylistically, and I should probably re-read it some time this decade, but I don't want that specific tone in my head right now. In truth there is John Donne in my head now. Therefore, wrong title. Hmm.

Honestly my head is full of noise at the moment, noise that interferes with the deep flow state required to write. From fandom insanity to writing neuroses to work upheavals to the boring need to do dishes: I'm spinning my wheels on the launchpad and spitting, I don't know, itch.

Submarining until further notice to write madly and badly. IM will be off. In fact, all networking will be off.
Good luck with the fic and with kicking the stressors to the curb.
It's always in my own head and not external. This is the lesson of the last two years of writing fanfic: it's 100% in my head. I can fix it if I want to (and if I wriggle around in some obvious yet effective self-manipulation).

Also, it's always work.
"how do you get rid of gun powder residue"?
Well, we only use swords, crossbows and stakes around here.

However, hide the corpse first. No, we don't know any good hiding spot : our undead victims got poofed. Much easier to deal with.

Doesn't Joss say in the DVD commentary for the pilot 2-parter that he went with dusting vamps because it made things cheaper and easier to film? Vampire mythology from Hollywood expedience!
I remember back in the day when I still had a search engine indexed blog, I used to get all kinds of weird hits to it. I remember one of the weirdest ones went something like "I am the only one who hates Viggo Mortensen" :D
There were some pretty weird searches that hit my site too. The Google headquarter buildings have in their lobbies big screens displaying a (sanitized and *very* time-delayed to the point of fakery) list of "things people are searching for right now" that's pretty amusing even sans smutty searches.

I hope that poor searcher found company in his/her hatred for Viggo.
I think we're ignoring the salient question here, that being WHY DOES SOMEONE WANT TO GET RID OF GUNPOWDER RESIDUE?!? OMG he's a frickin' MURDERER!!!

The amusing thing is that I researched exactly that while writing the story, because Wesley spends it cleaning a pair of shotguns. So the search hit is reasonable in some ways and just nuts in others. Why did this OMG MURDERER follow that link?