Jul. 4th, 2011 11:12 am
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My X-Men fanfic novel, Days of Becoming, has been read by 523 people. Many more have begun it, but 523 have consumed all 400,000 words. Additionally, approximately 100 people have downloaded the book in pdf format. Soon I will have it available as an ebook. There is a huge spike in readership on chapters 17 and 18 which are the highest romantic point of the arc (actually, I might dispute that — the events at the end are highly romantic but in a much more painful and complex way). I like the idea of people going back to re-read the chapters that made them feel good. I've done that.

The X-Men: First Class story I posted two weeks ago has been read by 266 people.

All of these numbers are heartening and encouraging. I am so glad there are people sharing this journey. When I finish my current non-fanfic novel and begin serializing it, I expect the numbers to be much lower, at least initially. *sigh* Then I'll just be an ordinary writer.

Date: 2011-07-08 02:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Believe me, you will never be ordinary. :o) Good luck with your writing!

Date: 2011-07-12 06:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Heh, thanks. True, I'm weird.

Date: 2011-07-23 07:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's awesome. Congratulations!

We saw Dan Savage on Colbert a few weeks ago and it made me think of you. I know that the open relationship thing would not work with me, but I'm curious how it works with those who practice it. You and your huzb do, right? How do you avoid jealousy issues, headgames, etc?

Hope you're well!

Date: 2011-07-24 01:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
As far as I can tell, the presence of jealousy issues and headgames has nothing to do with whether one's relationship is open or closed. In fact, I would say that if you're a couple given to those kinds of irrational manipulations, you shouldn't open up your relationship. In fact, in fact all couples should work on cutting out mind games, and jealous people should learn to take ownership for their own feelings.

The real issue for many people who can't understand open relationships is the sex part. Don't forget that people get jealous over their partner's non-sexual relationships, too. For us, sharing sex with someone is not necessarily any more intimate or potentially divisive than other forms of connection. I don't own my husband's body or sexuality. My faith in him is based on his steadfastness, devotion and desire to share a life with me. We don't cheat on each other. We don't lie to each other (well I won't tell him how much I just paid for an original Gasoline Alley strip from the 70s, but about important things.)

I fell for someone for a while last year and my husband knew it. And part of my responsibility was to reassure him that while the infatuation was nice to feel, I had NO intention of ever leaving him. The kind of communication required by these type of emotional events has ultimately brought us closer. Not that it's easy, but no marriage is.

I am well, thank you. And you?

Date: 2011-07-29 12:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks for the reply! I really find this topic fascinating, and I definitely appreciate your willingness to address it candidly.

Things here are well. Summer is going great, but it's turning out to be much busier than I anticipated. I'm not complaining, but it's keeping me from playing around online as much as I normally would. Hmmm...maybe not a bad thing...

Unfortunately, I'm also suffering through some writer's block, which has me a bit bummed. I think the general busy-ness of life right now is a contributing factor. One of these nights I need to sit down with a couple glasses of wine, get a bit buzz-y, and then just write! In the past that's helped clear out whatever "performance anxiety" I have, at least enough to give me something to edit and work with.

How do you handle writer's block? Or maybe you're one of those never affected by it?

Date: 2011-07-29 12:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm glad you're fascinated by the topic. Try reading the book, Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá. They argue very convincingly that humans are not naturally monogamous. With this in mind, as Dan Savage points out, monogamy becomes a conscious discipline that some people undertake rather a natural state.

I haven't really experienced writer's block before. I sometimes sit down and realize that I don't understand the character or the situation or the world well enough to write the part of the story I'm in. This happened a couple of times with my current book, but I accept now that the time staring at the wall is also writing time.

Actually that concept is stolen from a recent Booker Prize winner who was asked if the first post-Booker book felt different going in. She answered, "No, it started the same as the others: sitting at the same desk, staring at the same wall for three months."

I tend to set myself problems, often at bedtime, and find that solutions present themselves by morning. That being said, it's been months since I worked on my novel seriously. The only thing I've written was my short fic. Writing recommences soon. If not in August, then on the plane to Rome in September. I like writing on long trips.

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