The sun rose over the mountain and bathed the two sleeping figures in the first warm rays of a new day.
amazon_hacker: I really liked the last update to your story. Do you really believe in magic?
wiccanbard: sort of. i believe that things happen for a reason and that we are all connected, and that the things we do come back to us
amazon_hacker: you mean like karma?
wiccanbard: kind of like karma. like the little things that we do can have a bigger effect than we think they will. like if i'm grumpy one day and cut someone off in traffic, that will make him mad, and maybe he works at the deli, and he's the person who will make my sandwich at lunch today and he'll still be mad and distracted thinking about the person who cut him off, and he won't notice that he put horseradish on my sandwich instead of mayonnaise and then i'll hate my sandwich and get even more grumpy, and i'll cut more people off on the way home, it will make them mad, and they will pass along the bad feelings to all their friends and family, and really it's because i put grumpy energy out into the universe in the first place and it came back to haunt me in ways i couldn't have predicted
amazon_hacker: oh, so sort of like chaos theory and karma together. (ps - you sound like me with the babbling.)
wiccanbard: babbling, haha, you must be rubbing off on me. chaos theory = the thing where a butterfly flaps its wings and causes a hurricane?
amazon_hacker: that's the archetypal example, but basically yep.
wiccanbard: i guess it's sort of the same. chaos theory crossed with a karma boomerang that always comes back to you even if you make a bad throw.
amazon_hacker: g'day mate. Shall we throw some shrimps on the barbie?
amazon_hacker: you said boomerang, you know, Australia?
wiccanbard: oh, haha. yet another non sequitur from amazon_hacker
amazon_hacker: yeah, sorry about that. Although I might argue that it was a sequitur, with the Aussie/boomerang connection. Hey, I'm sooooo excited about UberCon.
wiccanbard: me too
amazon_hacker: are you going to read this story at cordy's fanfic reading gatherings?
wiccanbard: well, not this one since it's already half-done. i'd rather read something new - i have a new idea
amazon_hacker: what's it about?
wiccanbard: can't talk about it yet.
amazon_hacker: just one hint? Pleeeeeeze?
wiccanbard: well, it's a story about two people who meet online
amazon_hacker: perhaps on a certain message board? *grin*
wiccanbard: anyway, it's not finished yet so i'm not sure if i'll read it. and I don't think i'll reveal my handle to anyone at the con anyway. i feel a little uncomfortable with people knowing who i am online and in RL. even my roommate doesn't tell people on the board that she and i know each other. so don't tell anyone that i'm wiccanbard after we meet, okay?
amazon_hacker: I promise. So we are good to go for Saturday at noon in the exhibit center, right?
wiccanbard: yep. and you'll wear that pin so i can recognize you?
wiccanbard: okay *nervous*
amazon_hacker: I'm nervous too but I'm looking forward to it.
wiccanbard: me too
amazon_hacker: And about your new story? I hope it has a happy ending.
wiccanbard: *blush* *smile* me too. what about you? any new fics you plan to read?
amazon_hacker: I'm working on a new one.
wiccanbard: more high tech stuff?
amazon_hacker: no, this one is different. Kind of Dracula meets Charmed.
wiccanbard: charmed, haha
amazon_hacker: I know it's kind of a goofy show but I have an idea for a witch character and some other stuff
wiccanbard: oh a witch huh?
amazon_hacker: I might be taking a page out of my favorite fanfic author's book.
wiccanbard: well i'm flattered
amazon_hacker: and I thought I'd try a story where Xena is physically strong like on the show instead of having her be a computer hacker as usual.
wiccanbard: just don't have gabrielle wearing the bilious green sports bra
amazon_hacker: cordy's really serious about not having her in that outfit on the board, isn't she?
wiccanbard: yep. the board is called the Warrior, the Bard, and the Bad Wardrobe, after all
amazon_hacker: Do you know why?
wiccanbard: it's in the FAQ but that file has been corrupted for a while. basically she thinks that xena and gabrielle are fashion victims and so she started this board where the only rule is that fanfic stories cannot feature gabby in season three outfits, unless she's being rescued from them
amazon_hacker: so she's both a fashion diva and a computer whiz, to set up a whole message board?
wiccanbard: no, she has a friend, aresisagod, who does all the technical stuff for her. i don't think cordy even knows how to start a new thread
amazon_hacker: interesting. It's a nice board, nice people. There's a really supportive fanfic vibe going on, people even seem to like all my high-tech computer stories. I'm glad I found it.
wiccanbard: i'm glad too.
amazon_hacker: Oh, frogs! I'm meeting my friends for lunch and I'm late.
wiccanbard: ok. chat tomorrow?
amazon_hacker: count on it. bye!
NOTES: In case anyone hasn't ever seen the TV show Xena: Warrior Princess, here is a brief summary.
SPOILER ALERT IN CASE YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN XENA BUT PLAN TO WATCH RERUNS OR DVDS – THEN DON'T READ THIS: The show is about Xena, a former warlord who has repented of her conquering ways and is trying to redeem herself. In the first episode she saves Gabrielle and Gabby's sister from slavers, after which Gabrielle runs away from home to seek a life of adventure with Xena. Gabrielle gradually changes throughout the course of the show from an innocent peasant girl to a "battling bard" – she learns to fight with a staff and writes about their adventures. Along the way, she helps Xena to deal with her darkness and to seek redemption.
There's quite a bit of subtext between Xena and Gabrielle – tongue in cheek jokes about them being a couple. The writers/producers played to that even though they never quite went whole hog with the relationship (there was one marriage and some man-woman relationships along the way) although Xena did introduce Gabs as her "partner" in one of the last few episodes. I think that Xena the show paved the way for future TV shows, to be more open and up front with whatever same-sex relationships they featured.
One point of contention among some Xena fan communities was Gabrielle's Season Three outfit, a short leather skirt and a moss-green halter top that bore a passing resemblance to a sports bra. Many fans thought it was heinously ugly and referred to it as the "bilious green sports bra." Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor refer to the sports bra controversy in one of the DVD bonus features. I always thought Gabby was cute in it, but Cordelia doesn't agree.