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posted March 10th, 2017, 5:00 am

Noora's name is also an anagram of "Securely a gorgon". Luke and Danielle's anagrams were randomly generated.

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March 9th, 2017, 9:23 pm

Mort Harris

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I'm sorry it only turned out to be one update this week. My spring break begins Saturday, so this week has been a bit crazier than usual. Should be back to normal next week.

(Also, for the curious, Danielle's legal name really is Danielle Terezi Schwartz. The middle name her parents gave her didn't have a feminine equivalent, she got into Homestuck before she transitioned, and she's a NERD. She usually says it's an alternate form of Theresa.)

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March 11th, 2017, 9:59 am

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You know, one of the things I really like about Beechwood & Bloom is how fandoms and being part of them is treated. It's very fun to see the characters being huge nerds about (real) works more recent and less mainstream than just Star Wars/Trek and Tolkien, and realistically so. I don't think I've seen any other work where it's done quite this well.

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March 13th, 2017, 5:40 am

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@Krixwell: Thank you! I think a lot of resistance to having fictional characters in real-world fandoms comes from Fair Use issues - it's fair use to mention brand names in a work of fiction, and it is fair use to mention the title of a real-world work of fiction inside another work of fiction (Homestuck's existence is a fact, I don't have to ask permission from Andrew Hussie), but mentioning actual characters/events from a work is more of a nebulous situation (does "Terezi Pyrope was blinded by the machinations of Vriska Serket in Homestuck" count as an objective fact? I'm not sure). My defense is that I do not now intend to profit from Beechwood & Bloom - it is a story I am creating for my own and others' enjoyment, nothing more. For authors looking to publish on the mainstream market, it would make sense to be more conservative.
All that said, I am gratified by my accurate portrayal of fandom. I started getting into fandom when I was about the B&B characters' age, so a good deal of it is personal experience, but it makes me glad to hear that I can put that into fiction. I am glad that you enjoy it.

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