Folks, I've missed several Very Important Birthdays this week. This situation needs to be remedied as soon as possible:
Happy belated birthday to westernredcedar (March 23), who drew me in with her subtle, shades-of-grey Snupin stories; charmed me with posts that radiate intelligence, mischief, warmth, and a sense of proportion about the world; and sealed my fate with her Snape-in-the-classroom story: I'm a hopeless fan. All of my best wishes to you, Cedar!
Happy belated birthday to klynie1 (March 24), whose Snape I adore. Do you ever read someone's fic and find yourself convinced that you'd get along in real life, just because their portrayal of a character is so thoughtful and nuanced and familiar? That's how I felt, reading her fic for the first time. Happy birthday, Klynie!
A very happy birthday to the rather brilliant elsane (March 25), with whom I've had some wonderful, challenging, and reassuring conversations--fannish, ficcish, and otherwise--over this past year. I'm so very lucky to have met you, E. May this next year bring you adventures!
Finally, I realized the other day that I missed my three-year LJ anniversary at the beginning of March. As many of you know, these past three years have been rather rough for me, but they've also brought a number of joys, including the friendship and wisdom of a group of amazing folks here on LJ (and on IJ), a few of whom I've been lucky enough to meet in real life. Sometimes I'm not here as much as I'd like to be--and sometimes I'm here more than I should be--but that seems to be the nature of online interaction. (schemingreader has brief but rather perceptive post on this very topic today.) Thanks for keeping me going, everyone.