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I'm alive, just very busy with RL. Apologies and many many thanks to you all for your wonderful, kind, thoughtful, thought-provoking comments. Going to need to do massive weekend catchup again to respond to them all properly.

In the meantime, here's me rambling about which bits of the psyche write the best fiction, plus thoughts on why Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series doesn't exactly work for me but also doesn't enrage me the way certain other badly written insanely popular books do (*coughDANBROWNIWILLDESTROYYOUCOUGH*).

You can't see the stars, love. That's the ceiling. Also, it's day. )
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I've just been made aware that gentle reader [ profile] thirdsouthobbi has her own original slavefic, "Blake," in progress at [ profile] lockedncaged. I thought I'd mention it here as I think there should be considerable overlap between those who enjoy The Slave Breakers and those who would enjoy Blake. Personally I really love finding original (non-fandom-affiliated) slavefic online-- I hardly ever read fanfic if I'm not familiar with the source material, and if I am, it's always kind of weird trying to fit the slavefic tropes into the familiar source material, and there's all these issues of OOC and AU, and half the time I'm just going, um, your story would be really good and hot and awesome if you would just change the names and make it an original fic.

Not always, of course. [ profile] lit_gal's Whedonverse slavefic springs to mind as something that really wouldn't work as well in any other 'verse, and there's lots else out there that's good as fanfic and does cool things with established canon and character-- but especially when you've got General Quigonus Maximus boffing a fifteen-year-old barbarian slave named Obiwanides in ancient Rome, or underage-vassal Fox Fitzmulder marrying Lady Dana of the Right Honorable House of Scully, or something, it's like, dude, I love your writing, love the setting, love the slavery, but just make it original historical fiction already.

Maybe that's just me.

(Conversely, nobody ever writes the classical Roman fanfic I do want to see. If anybody will write me Petronius Arbiter/Nero, specifically the ones from Quo Vadis, I will clean your house.)

But I'm also aware it can be a lot harder to build a readership with original stuff, so if you're interested, do mosey on over to [ profile] lockedncaged and check out Blake. And while you're in the original-slavefic groove, the marvelously prolific [ profile] morgan_cian has put together a handy little index page for Triumvirate and Black Rising-- which I'm in the (very slow, because real life recently jumped me from behind and left me for dead in a dark alleyway, and also, I suck; sorry, Amy) process of betaing for her, and is also posting another original slavefic called Texas.

Me, I'm working on chapter sixteen of Lee, and I also have a few one-offs on the back burner, and I got a paid account for my birthday, so have a small poll!

[Poll #1135719]


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