Farewell, Fedoralady

I’ve just had two independent reports (both via FB) that Angie K. Long has died.

Angie was a major contributor to Armitage-character fanfic when I became a fan. She didn’t shy away from anything! I particularly loved her stories, and she was endlessly creative, could make a joke out of anything (does anyone else remember the expression “Victorian Biddy Brigade”?), and in no way shy. If you’re not familiar, I’d mention “Truce” (at LiveJournal), “Guy and Rebecca: The Adventure Continues,” (at Live Journal; slash/mature); and in particular, her “Sloth Fiction” series, born from a joke I made so long ago I don’t even remember what the joke was — although it clearly involved junk food (at wattpad). Her stories are also (still) posted at DreamerFiction.

I was also privileged to meet up with Angie — she was the first online fan friend I met in real life. She blogged about it here. At the time, given recent events (if you remember the summer of 2012 and what happened to Angie that summer, you know what I’m talking about) we were both uncomfortable discussing the meeting openly or identifying each other in public. That made me sad at the time, as it was a spectacular encounter. She had positive energy for everyone.

The Armitage Effect was a major gathering point for the squeeing! Angie blogged about Armitage for several years, but was permanently locked out of it around five years ago or so and switched her energies to posts on FB on her own page and several others.

In real life, Angie was a military wife, newspaper reporter, photographer, videographer, and pet rescuer, all from her home of LA (Lower Alabama).

Although we were in looser contact after she stopped blogging, it’s hard for me to express the grief I feel about this turn of events. It draws my mind to memories of an earlier phase of blogging and Armitageworld in which she played a central role. I will miss her. She would have been out of her mind with glee over the announcement that Richard Armitage donated Guy of Gisborne’s jacket as part of Guylty’s fundraiser.

~ by Servetus on August 2, 2021.

43 Responses to “Farewell, Fedoralady”

  1. are you sure? she was posting on facebook as recently as yesterday morning. I know she had her health problems but it didn’t seem like they were life threatening. I’m hoping there has been some terrible mistake about this news

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    • I got her early morning FB posts, but I also trust the people who I got these reports from. If I am wrong, we can all be happy and she can laugh about this.

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  2. I also learned the news on FB and something in me hopes it may not be true. Next to you Angie was one of my first contacts in the fandom
    and I am truly shocked. After she stopped blogging we followed each other on FB. She seemed to be so full of life and so cheerful and I often shared the views she expressed on politics and more recently the pandemic.
    Above all, however, her great love for her husband and her many “fur babies” was so clearly visible.
    When I learned about the GoG jacket being donated by RA to be auctioned off, I too thought of Angie right away.
    It’s all so very sad… 😰❤️

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  3. That’s such sad news. Fedora Lady had such wit and vivacity. I am sorry that you have lost a RL friend too.

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  4. This is a truly sad end to a day that was joyous for me. Thank you for passing on these sad news, and for sharing some of your memories of her, as well as links to her unforgettable stories. I never met Angie in person, but she was also one of my first (virtual) encounters in the fandom. It was in fact on one of her stories that I delurked for the first time. Her imagination had no boundaries, and her writing was so witty, funny and simply well-composed. She was a great character and role-model for me as a newbie. I was sad when she stopped active participation – and I am sadder now. A true loss.

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  5. Gosh – this is sad news. I hope it’s not true. I was thinking of Angie only the other day and wondering how she was. She introduced me to a non RA related blog I follow when she heard I had holidayed on Martha’s Vineyard and knew how much I love the island. Every time I open a post I think of her. So warm and kind, funny and inclusive – she was the best of the forum at the best of its time.

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    • I think she became a fan in 2008 (about two years before I did) and she really loved the forums. She also started a private one of her own to accommodate sentiments that weren’t necessarily welcome there. By the time I became a fan the forums were starting to wane.

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  6. This has come as a great shock to me. I was only checking out on my Calendar as to the date of her Birthday next month. I’m ashamed to say we had lost touch a while back and thought I needed to rectify that. If it is indeed the case that she has left us, I will no longer get that chance and that breaks my heart.

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    • I fear it is really true. (Well, I wouldn’t have published this if I weren’t fairly certain.) I’ve seen a comment that reflects a non-fan learning of her death.

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  7. Sad news indeed! Like many others, The Armitage Effect was one of first places I landed in the fandom and Angie was ever the gracious hostess. Guyday Fridays were a one of the best parts of my week – good company and great conversation. Few can match her devotion to her husband, her animals, journalism, local theater, the Crimson Tide and not least, the ChaRActers. She truly created a legacy. Roll Tide Roll Angie!

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    • Such terribly sad news. Reading this immediately took me back to a time when I was always searching for the next RA-related fanfic and I loved everything Angie wrote and read and re-read them voraciously. She had such a talent for capturing each character perfectly and a really wonderful imagination – they truly lived through her.

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      • She also published so much (next to her newspaper writing). One of the things I really appreciated was how she never left me waiting for long to find out what happened next. She really needed to write that stuff.

        (Nice to see you here. Hope you are well!)

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        • I always admire people who can write so seemingly effortlessly and so prolifically. (All good here thanks. Real life rather got in the way the last few years. Always lurking though. Hope things are settling down for you.)

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    • I forgot about her allegiance to the Tide. Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer!

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  8. Such sad news. I came to know her first from her YouTube Richard music videos. From there I found her blog that I enjoyed reading. After she was off her blog I didn’t keep up with her as I am not on FB but would wonder how she was doing with her health. RIP Angie

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    • Oh my gosh — I forgot about the videos. But I remember when she discovered vidding. She was an animal. Anything creative she discovered, she threw herself into completely.

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  9. This is extremely sad news…. I only knew her through posts but it’s a very very sad loss. So sorry for everyone who knew her personally or virtually..

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  10. What sad news 😦
    I also knew her only through her blog but I really loved reading all the stuff she blogged about, always so warm and funny.
    I will never forget her little blog icon with the red lips and the smile, her kindness and the class she handled the vile act that lead to huge disappointment in 2012.
    Godspeed my dear Fedoralady, you’ll be missed!

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    • Yeah, I didn’t want to make this whole post about 2012 but when thinking about her, it would be hard to forget that. Her grace in that situation was superhuman. I met her about a month after that and we talked about it but not extensively — she decided to put it behind her. It wasn’t just a disappointment for her, of course — so many of us were looking forward.

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  11. What a lovely tribute! I used to lurk on her blog way back when and I’m so sorry to hear she passed. My heartfelt condolences to those wo were close to her and may she rest in peace.

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  12. […] the best fan fics I ever read. Servetus has also linked to some of her best-loved fiction in her farewell post to Fedoralady. And Jazzbaby has composed the most beautiful acknowledgment that perfectly wraps up how Angie […]

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  13. So saddened to read the news about Angie, she will be missed. My first virtual interactions with her were here on this blog when I delurked ten years ago. 😢

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    • I had to look up how she got here (things were so different then — people just showed up and you never knew why). She started commenting after I started mentioning “Truce” (which I think I found by googling?) and left about 2,300 comments in total. That was an important role she played as well — blog supporter.

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  14. Oh my, that is very sad news 😥
    She was one of the first bloggers that happily agreed to provide me with their astrological data for my ‘Richard Armitage’s chemistry with …’ series on my blog – almost exactly 6 years ago. I’ve just re-read the post, they truly shared a special connection. Her comment on my post back then was very lovely:

    Richard Armitage’s chemistry with … Bloggers & how they support his life’s goal

    R.I.P. Fedoralady, wherever you are now.

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  15. This is so sad. The Armitage Effect was one of the first sites that I found when I joined the RA fandom. She really was a special person. I hope her friends and family feel surrounded by love in this difficult moments. A hug for you Servetus.

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  16. Such terrible news. Gone way too soon. RIP Fedoralady. Fanfic wasn’t my thing until I read her stories, so you might say Fedoralady got me into a whole different genre. It was good to know she was out there, and now she isn’t. I’m gutted.

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  17. Reblogged this on Armitage Agonistes and commented:

    Angie was a great inspiration to me when I started my blog. She was almost always upbeat, prolific in her blogging and writing, generated loads of comments on her posts and never failed to add a comment or reblog fellow bloggers.

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