You have perhaps been wondering if I was (a) hospitalized, (b) incarcerated, (c) no longer among the living, (d) engaged in a long-term armed standoff, complete with hostages and stale sandwiches, (e) sitting in an ashram somewhere, having renounced the trappings of this world, etc.
Answer: Nope, nope, nope, nope, and nope.
Or perhaps if I had just had enough of writing and wanted to take a break?
Answer: Nope again.
Actually, I have been writing up a storm, but for once, not FAKE fics. I've been saying for years that someday I was going to get around to writing one of the original books that live only inside my head and in random notes and scenes that I've written.
It all started with katherineokelly 's post Make Art, not War in which she discussed doing NaNoWriMo and writing 50,000 words in a month.
I was interested, but strongly doubt that I could write 50,000 words in a month, what with the job and the family and the pesky need for sleep. She suggested that those who can't do 50,000 words do "Anti-Nano" and directed readers to naomi_jay</lj>'s LJ. So, back on Oct. 12th, I committed to writing 15,000 words on my Roman story. Unfortunately when one writes a historical novel, there is a ton of research involved, so I spent the rest of October researching Imperial Rome. I started writing on Nov. 01st and I'm pleased to say that I hit my quota last night when I clocked in at 15,250 words! It took me that long just to get to the beginning of the first sex scene. So I think I'd better keep going and write another 5000 words so that the sex scene gets set down. I think 20,000 words is a damn good start for a book.
I just want to reassure you that this in no way means that I am done with FAKE fanfics. In December, I'll get right back to work on those FAKE WIPs that I've currently got on the go, namely Justice, Driven, and Suspended. I do apologize for leaving you all hanging. But in order to finally make a start on the original writing project, I really had to put the whole idea of fanficcery in a box and screw the lid on tight. Just for a while.
Writing original work and writing fanfics are very different experiences, as I found out. I always suspected that writing something original would be harder. The hardest part was that I am so in love with Dee and Ryo that I want to be with them all the time, and I wasn't actually in love with my own characters to the same degree because I had never really spent enough time with them. After having written three and a half chapters about them, I can say that I've finally started to love them, but my feelings are still way stronger for Dee and Ryo. That was why I had to put Dee and Ryo right out of my mind, or this new couple would never have stood a chance in the competition for my limited writing time.
So that's what's new with me. Men in tunics, togas, loincloths and sandals. And in bed, too– with each other of course! And these guys understand about some of the more unorthodox uses of olive oil.