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Your first time [message #7416] Sat, 01 December 2012 10:09 Go to next message
mkemp  is currently offline mkemp
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...reading the Tuck Saga?

I was working for IBM in Poughkeepsie at the time, so it must have been sometime in 2004. As far as I recall I discovered Tuck on Friday and read pretty much nonstop until Sunday. It was particularly annoying reading about the Tucker family Sunday dinners at 3:00am and I didn't have any food in the house and I didn't want to stop reading long enough to go to the all-night grocery.

I actually sent Ellen a feedback e-mail that read, in part, "you owe me a weekend."
Re: Your first time [message #7417] Sun, 02 December 2012 16:52 Go to previous messageGo to next message
WendyK  is currently offline WendyK
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My first time? I was searching for something on the internet (don't remember what anymore to be honest, but knowing me, I believe it was crossdressing/transgendered/... related Embarassed ), and I saw Ellen's site as one of the results. Intrigued, I started reading and got sucked into the story.
Now, I read approximately 4 chapters a day on the train in the morning and evening, relaxing before or after a day of "hard work and study".

[Updated on: Sun, 02 December 2012 16:53]


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Re: Your first time [message #7418] Mon, 03 December 2012 01:52 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Brooke  is currently offline Brooke
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I can't recall my first time. But I recall the weekend when I was visiting some friends in Aberdeen, WA and I pretty much read the whole saga (all there was at the time) to them.

I read it aloud because Lin is legally blind and it was far faster than having her computer read it aloud or having her plod thru the super enlarged print display mode on the computer.

I got thru the whole thing in less than 48 hours. We only stopped for bathroom breaks meal breaks and sleep (and we went short on sleep).

Reading aloud in a group is actually a darn good way to spread Tuck. A lot of jokes/puns jump out that you miss reading. And with the three of us, often one of us would catch something the others missed.

There's a *lot* of not immediately obvious content in the saga.

By the time I was done, my voice wasn't in the best of shape, but I'd do it again. And they are definitely Tuck addicts.

One of these days I need to expose them to the Seasons stories so they can understand Tucky Seasons.
Re: Your first time [message #7419] Mon, 03 December 2012 10:20 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I'll date myself by saying this but I found it on the usenet. asstg if I recall correctly. It couldn't have been later than spring of 99 I think...

Anyway I liked it as well as anything else I've ever read. I'm sure it was before FM crashed the first time.

Then I went through some tough times and was unable to access parts of the net... I can't entirely blame libraries for wanting to limit porn on their computers... Kids use them too.
Re: Your first time [message #7420] Mon, 03 December 2012 21:27 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I'll date myself too. But I'll have to explain a few things for the young'uns.

Back in the Dark Ages (about 1997 or so) the hot new thing in the Internet was the so-called "push" techology. Basically, it was a system where instead of visiting a website to see what's new, you subscribed a "channel" for that website and, as long as you had your client running, you got the updates delivered to your computer automatically. It was all proprietary stuff, of course, and there were half a dozen companies peddling their system around. Microsoft bundled theirs into Windows 98, for instance.
They eventually all folded due to the many shortcomings (most people were still in dial-up at the time; all of the systems bundled lots of ads; you ended up downloading stuff you didn't want, which was a problem if you had to pay for the megabyte; the client software was invariably resource-hungry, buggy as hell and a target for viruses; being proprietary, it meant that no vendor had all the channels you wanted...)

(The concept made a comeback a couple years later in a free, lightweight, standardized, slimmed, basically text-only form, attached to the then-nascent concept of blogging. You may know it as "RSS/Atom feeds.")

Anyway... one of the early players in the "push" scene was the PointCast Network. For reasons that I no long remember, Sapphire decided that having her own channel in PointCast was a good idea. So she created a sort of "TG stories magazine" in PointCast. I went to the trouble of installing and subscribing it because back them (there was no Fictionmania yet, much less Storysite or BigCloset) there were very few TG stories to be found, and it took a while for Channel stories to show up in Sapphire's website.

One of the stories in the channel was Tuck. I remember that I *didn't* subscribe to the Channel because of Tuck, since I'm generally more interested in fantasy/SF stories -- I don't remember what was exactly the reason for me to subscribe, but it might be Lhynn Cooper's "Tails" and/or Carolyn Collins "Mind Swapping". In fact, it took me a while before I bothered to read the "other stuff" that came in the channel. Probably a couple months.

Anyway, I eventually got bored enough, and as I said, there was not much stuff around at the time, so I gave it a try...


Don't call me Shirley. You will surely make me surly.
Re: Your first time [message #7464] Fri, 22 February 2013 18:39 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Ellen Hayes  is currently offline Ellen Hayes
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Brooke wrote on Mon, 03 December 2012 06:52


There's a *lot* of not immediately obvious content in the saga.



That actually makes me feel good. There IS a lot, and I don't think anyone but me realizes just how much. And there are things in it that I still chortle over when re-reading, and I wrote the bloody things... things that no one has ever mentioned to me, so I don't know if anyone has ever gotten them.


Ellen
Re: Your first time [message #7471] Mon, 25 February 2013 05:12 Go to previous message
Brooke  is currently offline Brooke
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Ellen Hayes wrote on Fri, 22 February 2013 15:39

Brooke wrote on Mon, 03 December 2012 06:52


There's a *lot* of not immediately obvious content in the saga.



That actually makes me feel good. There IS a lot, and I don't think anyone but me realizes just how much. And there are things in it that I still chortle over when re-reading, and I wrote the bloody things... things that no one has ever mentioned to me, so I don't know if anyone has ever gotten them.


Ellen



One I recall was that I'd totally missed the significance of the orange t-shirt with the owl in one of Tuck's nightmares. Kermit had to explain that it was a Hooters T-shirt.

[Updated on: Mon, 25 February 2013 05:13]

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