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Hello!  It's been a couple of weeks since my last post, and no, I haven't been crazy-busy this time.  After the first week back at work, things settled down to the dull roar, that I can usually handle.  I've been working away on Chapter 38 of A New Day.  It's been taking time since I'm so close to the end of the story that I now have to be really careful how I line up all my ducks...  But anyway, suffice to say that I totally forgot about the two-part PWP that I had promised way back before I left for my vacation.

It's entitled "Heat Wave", which I admit is not the most original title that anyone ever came up with in the world of fanfics, but those of you who have been devotedly reading my laboriously titled fic FAKE First Year Together: A New Day (May)  for the last two years probably noticed a long time ago that I tend to be somewhat 'challenged' in the fic title department.  (Thanks for (a) persevering with that incredibly lengthy story and (b) not sneering at my lame title - you're all a bunch of sweethearts!)  This is one of the reasons why I have not, to date, ever dared to give my chapters individual titles apart from their numbers.  Some people always seem to be able to think up such great chapter titles, like  sw0rdy, for example.  But not me.  Anyhow, I'm hoping that's going to change, because I now want to offer the PWP that I had previously promised and forgotten about.  It's broken up into two parts, and lo and behold - they each have a title!  In addition to the story title!  (Now that's progress.)  You'll find part one under the LJ cut... coming up minutes from now!

And who do you have to thank for this?  An anonymous fan who contacted me earlier today to ask for update info, that's who.  I've been so focused on tweaking Chapter 38, that I completely forgot about the PWP until she/he reminded me!

I would like to explain something about the way I think/work. No one has emailed me for weeks. I've noticed that when I stop posting for a while, everyone gets busy with other things, which is just fine, because I'm busy too. We all have lives that extend way beyond the realm of fanfic.  I work on stuff that I send to my betas; they send it back to me with comments, and that, believe it or not, satisfies my desire for human acclaim for my writing.  Of course I have goals, hopes and dreams of someday becoming a paid writer, but that is still ahead of me. 

In the meantime, I wake up every morning and go to work at a very nice job where I feel I have been granted the opportunity to make a real difference in peoples' lives.  My personality type is 'service-oriented'.  If people need me in some way...it arouses a strong desire in me to meet that need, if I can!  I know a lot of people won't understand that, but those of you who have similar personalities, you know what I'm talking about.

So what am I saying?  I'm saying if you want me to update, or if you feel I've been taking too long to get the next chapter up, please don't hesitate to contact me.  Never fear that I will lash out and feel pressured/ angry/ resentful that you said anything.  My strategy in life (and so far this is working for me) is to be straight with everyone.  I mean, everyone!   I can't tell you all my secrets, but I'm always willing to explain why.  I don't want to lie, because lies are too much work to remember and maintain, and frankly, my memory's not that good!  But I will always do what I can for anyone who wants/needs something that I may have the power to deliver.

If you want me to post, SAY something!  ASK me. I'm sorry, but I get busy during silent times and I turn my heart in other directions. Believe me, I'm always flattered when people care.  If I can't accommodate, I'll just be straight with you.  But I will never, ever be offended that you asked.

My husband, despite all the annoying singing, is a very wise man. He always says, "Ask, ask, ask.  If you ask, the worst that will happen is that someone will say no.  But maybe, they'll say yes!"  He's the living proof for me, of the success that comes from asking.

Anyway, I'm about to post chapter one of the forgotten PWP.  Give me about thirty minutes to check it over.  It's been finished since last year, although I still have to write part two.


 

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Hey I know how ya feel with always wanting to help ppl. I try to do things to help ppl and make them happy as well. I just feel bad asking someone when I haven't touched my own stories in like over 2 years. I kinda lost my muse and was in some bad situations so I just stopped writing. So I think I'll be a patient person and wait 4 u to update. Its nice of u to offer for ur fans to ask though!

I'm sure your muse will come back when your daughter's a little older. Did you leave off writing your stories halfway through, or were they mostly finished?

Unfortuantely most were half done and one was a christmas special started b4 I graduated high school and that was in 2005! And I'm still waiting 4 my best friend to finish beta-ing my story that I gave her in may 2005! Its supposed to be a trilogy but I gave the original so I can't even remember enough to make the third part. I know she's busy with college so I don't want to bother her about it but I think 3 years is more than enough time to beta a 25 page hand written story. *sigh* it's just kinda frustrating now.

You have GOT to get that story back. Speak up before any more time goes by. After three years, your friend may not even know where it is anymore. Worse, she may think you've stopped caring about it, so she might even throw it out during a big clean-up of her own stuff. (Hope not!!) You spent a lot of time and energy thinking up and generating those 25 pages, and for all you know, that story, once posted, might quicken someone's heart, make them feel inspired, and give them something to look forward to at the end of a hard day. You cared enough to write it - now get it back into your own hands and share it with those in whom it will resonate! Or share it when you're ready. But the first step is to get it back.

You know, I absolutely get your personality! I'm very service oriented, as well, and have always worked in a position that required me to be of service. I actually feel dead inside if I'm not in a position to offer assistance. I also love receiving constructive criticism on my stories, especially since I hate asking someone else to take time out to beta them, and tend to make sure others know not to feel bad in coming forward to tell me what I could be doing better! I also tend to write one-shots, so as not to feel like I need to post everything at once, or risk leaving my stories unfinished.

Megamineko-chan, I can also get how you're feeling. Having one's muse go on vacation (especially in the middle of a story) can be frustrating. I'd managed to eke out 2 and a half stories, plus a drabble, before my muse decided it wanted to curl up in EverquestLand for a bit. I'm still in the middle of one story (all others have been posted), and only halfway through my kink bingo commitment (not to mention having nothing done for my Salty Dog story exchange). If you can get back the original copy and want to type it in, I'd be happy to beta it for you!

Karuune, I think you and I very similar. I don't think I've ever had a job where I wasn't performing some kind of service. It gives me a deep sense of personal satisfaction to be able to help someone who needs me or needs something that I can do. (Though, mysteriously that doesn't seem to work with housework!)

I'm also happy to receive concrit, and I'm not sensitive about it. I may not always take the person's advice, as my patient and understanding betas all know, but I'll give serious consideration to any advice that anyone wants to give me. We are all each other's teachers and students.

I completely agree with that :) And the housework...me too! Though I've gotten better. The hubby is happy that I've been cleaning, though the cooking is still his job. (If I cooked, we'd be eating veggieburgers nightly. They're lowfat/low-cal, and they microwave easily.)

Thank you, Brit, for caring enough about your readers to post this entry. As you know, I love, love, love your storytelling and will wait for however long it takes for you to submit a new chapter. And I admire you, and anyone else, who will actually go out of their way to help someone. I think people are actually afraid to ask for help nowadays; I include myself in this category.

I actually don't remember a promised fic called "Heat Wave," but alas, my memory is also pretty much shot. But it does sound intriguing, so I can't wait to read it!

*asks Brit to help me secure a better job* :)

Shelley6441 (I hesitate to address you by your real 'S' name on LJ)

I hope you know that you're one of the people I most look forward to hearing from when I offer up my intermittent posts. I can't really explain it, but I just feel a real affinity with you.

I truly wish I could help you secure a better job, but like most people, I have no influence outside my own community. But - although I know this sounds all new-agey, I truly believe it - I believe we're all part of a larger community where influence is more of an indirect thing.

I can pray for you, which I will do. Prayer is another type of psychic influence being brought to bear. The more people you can get thinking about you and pulling for you, the more energy you create around whatever it is that you desire.

So please add me to the no-doubt long list of people who are wishing you well! I would hire you myself if it were possible.

Keep applying, keep trying. Most job searches are a numbers game.

Actually, I didn't name the fic, but right before I went on vacation I put up a post entitled "Screaming Orgasms' in which I mentioned that there was a two part PWP coming up in which D & R try to beat the summer heat. That was "Heat Wave". I couldn't remember the name at that time, because (a) how memorable are my titles anyway? and (b) my memory is pretty much shot, too. However, I did eventually dig it out when my friendly neighborhood stalker reminded me about it.

Thanks for the offer Karuune and, if I can ever get it back, I'll take u up on that offer for a beta.

And I must still post up my comments on Heat Wave and A New Day. I've been busy (lots of job interviews) and lazy (lots of neko nappings) but I have read them both and they are both quite tasty (please don't ask about the tasty thing. Lately I've been reffering to every good thing as tasty).

Hey, I'll take 'tasty'! That's one of my favorite adjectives.

That's very kind of you to say so - it's just a shame I can't think of the actual chapters to go with them!

*is rubbish*

~Swordy x

I don't believe that for a second - I'm sure your head is bursting with intriguing chapters!

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