brit_columbia (brit_columbia) wrote,

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 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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