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29 April 2017 @ 07:03 pm
I feel certain I've recommended this before, but I'm going to do it again. I won't give anything away, just click the original prompt pic and you'll go to AO3

30 April 2017 @ 05:11 am
Has everyone read Under The Ice ? One of garonne's all too rare gifts to the fandom, it has solid setting, vivid characters and, on top of that an excellent, plot.
Written for the "Lifecycle: Fear Challenge" here on Section VII

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SUMMARY: A tense situation has the agents quoting poetry... from the prompt Russian Roulette by Rhianna


SUMMARY: Illya is on his own for a mission in Casablanca.

Otiginally written for a Song Story Challenge with the prompt being " The Year of the Cat" (written by Al Stewart and Peter Wood)

Click on Avirra's icon to take you to AO3

Here it is Saturday again. Where did the week go?
Time flies when you're writing
and reading stories
about our brave Men from U.N.C.L.E.

Why not rec some of your favorite MFU stories that
you've written,  or those of your favorite writers?

Writer's and Reader's Choice gives you an opportunity to
get your stories
out there to be read again, as sometimes
they just get lost in the cyber world.

Writers, post links to your fics or repost them in full
Readers, pick your favorite stories from the world of
the Man from U.N.C.L.E. and post a link to them.

PLEASE, due to the new Terms of Service on LJ
we ask that you post LINKS ONLY!

Gen, Gen-Mature recs post in section7mfu
Het, AU, long-term Romance post in mfu_map_room
All other genres post in uncle_du_jour

29 April 2017 @ 08:12 am
It's Saturday, and we've survived another week without the dreaded Russian Invasion.  Tongue in cheek here folks, I know we weren't that worried. Still, the imports are still happening over on Dreamwidth, and I continue to post there as well as here. If you haven't yet joined DW, you can check it out HERE
I haven't posted a lot, some of you may have been aware that I was in the hospital for a couple of days.  I think I'm good now, the asthma thing seems to be under control and a spate of doctor appointments are on the books for next week.
Our challenges continue, and hopefully the newest ones are still engaging to the faithful and enticing to some new writers.  I apologize for not writing as much, but between work and hospitals my time has been eaten up with less pleasant tasks than imagining Solo and Kuryakin in all of their 60's spy glory.  I hope to get back on the story path, and I hope you'll continue to be patient with me for my absences.
Thankfully the rest of the crew here have been keeping up with business. mrua7 alynwa jantojones ssclassof56 lindafishes8 and carabele have all kept things going even when I haven't been here to be a part of it, so thanks to all of the others who help make Section VII a viable writing site for Man from UNCLE by hosting their various challenges and features.
Finally, thanks to everyone who takes time out of the day to visit with us here on Section VII.  Whether to read a story, or get a glimpse of the series we all hold so dear to our hearts, I'm glad to know that people take notice of what's going on here.  We're an upstart community, something that people didn't initially have a lot of faith in for the long haul.  I'm proud to say we've been active and instrumental in the production of hundreds of new works of fiction for the MFU fandom for over five years.  Y'all have done good!
Have a good day everyone.

  • Apr. 28th, 2017 at 10:21 AM

Tomorrow would have been Norman Felton’s 104th birthday. Every year on this date, I post a remembrance of Norman because, I must confess, of all those connected with The Man from U.N.C.L.E.that I met and interacted with, he’s the one that I miss most.

I have written many times about his kindness, his efforts for social justice, his views against the death penalty and against nuclear proliferation, and his highly principled politics. Even though The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was a fun show for Norman [and later Sam and everyone else], his ideas and concerns are really embedded in the foundation of the series’ concept. Considering what is happening in American politics and indeed, around the world, it was prescient.

That said, I also must confess that this year especially, I miss Norman’s philanthropy. He was very interested in education and particularly, media literacy. After meeting Marshall McLuhan at a conference, Norman became very conversant with McLuhan’s ideas about media being the message and the global village. When I became assistant director of the Center for Media Studies at Rutgers University right after receiving my Ph.D., Norman supplied us with significant funding to develop media literacy curriculum and to network with other education professionals.

The university where I teach now is small, private, Jesuit and services students primarily from working and middle class backgrounds. We are almost completely supported by tuition with little outside funding. The STEM and diversity efforts occasionally attract grants, but it’s really difficult to get funding for the needs of our Communication students. Despite the fact that we have the fifth largest number of majors in the university, my annual department budget is equivalent to my Master Card bill for Christmas.

Next fall, I have scheduled Screenwriting, a course my students absolutely love. I haven’t taught it for a while because a couple of years ago, the university moved to cloud-based computing, making it impossible to use our professional software program, Movie Magic, It must now be replaced with a new, updated program called Final Draft 10. However, to buy it and renew it for future years will cost $5,000. This is a sum far beyond the department’s regular operating budget.

So I have created a crowdfunding project for alumni and interested donors. A friend recently donated $20 in honor of Norman’s birthday and I thought that was an interesting idea. So if you or someone you know is so inclined to make a gift in Norman’s honor, follow this link to our crowdfunding page: https://impact.saintpeters.edu/project/5789.

You can also watch an amusing video my students shot for the occasion.

Thanks in advance. Happy Birthday, Norman!
Avirra is having trouble with LJ and asked me to post her Song Story for her.

"The End of a Brief Encounter"

the link takes you to AO3