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25 September 2007 @ 12:30 pm
The Randomness of Me...  
In a turn of events that still amazes me, I got more immediate readers for this SPN slash erotica story than for the epic Wincest angsty-romance I posted last week. And here I was worried that people would find the erotica story far too explicit! Clearly, I never know what people are thinking.

Saturday was soccer, removing more paint, and biking in the garage owing to rain. I chewed through 3 episodes of Season 1 "Queer as Folk" (are they getting shorter?), and I still don't like Justin. Probably not a popular opinion, but I just don't.

Sunday was my sister-in-law's wedding reception out of town. That took up the whole day, with 2 hours of driving each way, but well worth it. During the bouquet toss, my daughter hid in the bathroom (an excellent solution, in my book!). During the garter toss, my son was the first one up and my husband bet that Christopher would get it. "Seriously?" I said. "Oh, wait—it's a competitive event. Of course he will." And he did—not that an 8-year-old has a lot of use for that, but whatever. I explained to my daughter that we didn't do any of that at our wedding, which she seemed to think was a fabulous choice.

Christopher then led the dancing with his odd variety of isolated dance steps, in random sequence. The Charleston (knees only). The Frug. The Robot. Churn The Butter. The Egyptian. Deep-sea Diving. Spastic flopping around on the belly The Worm. There was also something he invented that was a combo of an arabesque, a hurdle-stretch, and hopping on one leg. Seriously, that boy has no problems with being self-conscious! Much fun to watch, though he did not get that personality from either of his parents. :0

Sunday night: another stupid cold! My throat is killing me.

Oh, and Sweet Charity update is ??? The server glitched badly during the final bidding, so the outcome is still pending. Might be more bidding, or they might quit with what they've got. I'm thrilled with my current fic owner (saw some lovely names fly by), and several fabulous and familiar people passed through the beta-services bidding, but I'm currently owned by "Jimmy" and I don't know who that is.

I also booked my plane tickets for winchestercon! Getting pretty excited about it. :D


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jellicle on September 25th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, and Sweet Charity update is ??? The server glitched badly during the final bidding, so the outcome is still pending. Might be more bidding, or they might quit with what they've got. I'm thrilled with my current fic owner (saw some lovely names fly by), and several fabulous and familiar people passed through the beta-services bidding, but I'm currently owned by "Jimmy" and I don't know who that is.


They posted on their lj that the bidding is officially over and they'll be confirming the owners probably tomorrow, and also updating the site. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: SN Lovershalfshellvenus on September 25th, 2007 07:56 pm (UTC)
Must have decided to end it just where it was. That was the option I voted for, honestly. Too hard to restart it at some later point, though I'd have been okay with it if they did-- because they're potentially missing out on some money.

I sure hope "Jimmy" isn't planning to spring a novel on me. And can speak English, too. :0
Jas Masson: sad puppyjasmasson on September 25th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
*sigh*

Of course i wanted you for the beta *g*, but I was really gunning for the fic (M/L! - preseries if you'd have been willing) so I was going to sweep in with a hefty bid for you on that, and one other person too, at the end, but...

I was really disappointed, actually. I probably won't play next year because of it. It wasn't really about giving to charity for me (I'll give that money anyway, although not to RAINN now), or even about the fic or beta really, it was about the fun of either winning or going, OHHH, so close *g*. But instead I got anti!fun. I got disappointment. Never mind. I'm sure all the fics from Sweet Charity will be wonderful anyway *g*, and, as always, I'll look particularly forward to yours ;-)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on September 25th, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
That's right, I remember the bidding heating up on Saturday and thinking, "Oh, you people are so smart. You're rushing in at the end!"

I'd planned to try that technique on some graphics services, but the server was already stuck by then! Although my counter-bidder was quite aggressive, so perhaps there was no point. :D

I'm hoping they'll fix the server before next time. Apparently, the scripts were not up to the level of "exercise" they got, and overload is unfortunately one of the ways you find that out!
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on September 25th, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
I remember just from checking that the last time the prizes went up INSANELY in the last hour or so. So I think most people had this strategy where they were trying to get the winning bid in last minute.

And for them (like you) this breakdown definitely really sucks.
Jas Masson: sad puppyjasmasson on September 25th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
*sticks tongue out at technology* ;-)
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: smilie priyankathelana on September 25th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC)
I was worried that people would find the erotica story far too explicit!

You are so cute!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam/Dean kisshalfshellvenus on September 25th, 2007 08:09 pm (UTC)
Or SO dumb. :)

It was kind of explicit for me to write, hence the nervousness. I seriously remember thinking that based on that and its length (@500 words), probably nobody was going to read it. :0
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: kickass priyankathelana on September 25th, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
It's the Internet! Nothing can ever be too explicit :D
elanurelelanurel on September 25th, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
I always get more hits on porny stuff... I don't know why. It's a mystery. ;-P
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: SN Lovershalfshellvenus on September 25th, 2007 10:39 pm (UTC)
What was I thinking?

Perhaps because it was such an incredibly short piece, I didn't think people would pay it so much attention. :0
elanurelelanurel on September 25th, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC)
It's kind of odd, though, isn't it? The responses that we get to stories that we don't expect. I wrote a 300 word piece for a challenge at spn_het_love (and, you know, I hardly ever write 300 words even if I'm just telling you my name). It ended up getting recc'd on crack_impala! It's totally a mystery to this day. Damn thing was rated G and everything, so even that blows my whole "porny" theory.... ;-P
mooyoo: Dean/Sam - Brothers looking at each othemooyoo on September 25th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
In a turn of events that still amazes me, I got more immediate readers for this SPN slash erotica story than for the epic Wincest angsty-romance I posted last week.

People always seem to read explicit porn way more than plotty, indepth fics. Especially if the porn is short, seems like readers will go straight for it, while an epic fic takes more of an investment to get through (though each is satisfying in their own way ;)). Never underestimate the popularity of good old fashioned erotica. That said, I'm going on vacation on Friday so I'm saving up lots of long fics to read, your's included.

I chewed through 3 episodes of Season 1 "Queer as Folk" (are they getting shorter?), and I still don't like Justin. Probably not a popular opinion, but I just don't.

I'm with you there. Have you ever watched QAF before? I feel like we talked about it once. Justin had his moments, but for the most part I really didn't like him much - at least not nearly as much as I think we're supposed to. And to me he just gets worse as the series goes on.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam/Dean kisshalfshellvenus on September 25th, 2007 10:42 pm (UTC)
That said, I'm going on vacation on Friday so I'm saving up lots of long fics to read, your's included.
Whee! Ooh, and... vacation! Are you leaving town? Or sticking around and doing what YOU want and not what the work schedule wants?

Have you ever watched QAF before? I feel like we talked about it once.
I've been creeping through S1 forever, it seems, and as soon as it got permanently sunny I fell behind. Crappy weather last week means that I got some DVD-watching done!

I can't tell whether we're supposed to like Justin or not. He's petulant (heck, he's young), he's not at all good-looking to me, and he's a walking stereotype in terms of mannerisms (which is a big turnoff to me period). That goofy Midwestern-kid look, though, seems to be very attractive to gay men, for reasons I've never understood! He's got to be an archetypal gay fantasy. :0
mooyoo: BoB - WebsterTouchmooyoo on September 26th, 2007 12:37 am (UTC)
Whee! Ooh, and... vacation! Are you leaving town?

I am! I'm heading your way, in fact, out to California for a few days. I wanted to take some time off and I figured I should go somewhere, and I've never been out to the West coast, so I'm taking the train there (because I've always heard that the train trip across country is really nice) and then spending four days in San Francisco and then flying back. So I'll have about three days on the train, during which I plan to just watch some movies, read, do some writing, and look out the window :)

I can't tell whether we're supposed to like Justin or not.

Maybe this is my bitterness towards the show talking, but I think it becomes more and more apparent as the show goes on that Brian and Justin are supposed to be the heroes - paricularly Brian, who seems to be the creators ideal gay character. But also Justin who, I think you're right, is supposed to be the archetypal gay fantasy and, while he never grows (in my opinion) as a character or learns anything, rather settling for what the creators see as the ideal life of a gay man. (And who am I to argue, seeing as I'm not one? But it didn't make for compelling TV for me) Even the actor seemed fed up with the character by the end of the show's run. (And tell me if I'm getting too spoilery for you)

Have you ever watched the UK Queer as Folk? If you dislike Justin in the US version, I think you'd appreciate his UK counterpart, Nathan. Nathan is several years younger than Justin, and his immaturity and petulance makes a lot more sense, and it's much easier to sympathize with him because you really get the impression that we're supposed to see him this way, and it's a bit easier to remember when you were that age and how everything in life was a big deal, etc. His portrayal and his family are so much more realistic and relatable than Justin's, and - maybe the most important factor in his character and his place on the show - you understand why he sticks around for so long and why Stuart (the Brian character) continues to let him hang around. I think the US writers got so wrapped up in trying to make Justin sympathetic and lovable that they forgot to make him real.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam/Dean kisshalfshellvenus on September 26th, 2007 12:42 am (UTC)
OMG, all that time on the train would probably make me nuts! I hate sitting still. :)

but I think it becomes more and more apparent as the show goes on that Brian and Justin are supposed to be the heroes - paricularly Brian, who seems to be the creators ideal gay character.
This is kind of what I fear, because I find Brian a total ass. He's good-looking, but he's an ass. And I don't get why he's "all that"-- I just take the show's word for it. Justin seems to be obsessed with Brian just because everyone else is, since it's not like there's a big fat heart of gold under there waiting to be discovered (and if there is, don't tell me because I may hurl!).

Haven't seen the British version, but I've seen boykissing picSpam from it, and I think the guys might be cuter. One of them is a better-looking version of the guy that played Malcolm on Star Trek: Enterprise.

Also, Michael's mom makes me cringe. But then again, she makes him cringe. Sweet underneath, but so "loud."
mooyoo: VM - V/Backupmooyoo on September 26th, 2007 01:06 am (UTC)
I know, it sounds weird, and this might sound strange and/or really anti-social, but I'm really looking forward to having some alone time. I like being around people and I love talking to people, but I also really like personal time and sometimes I just don't want to be around anyone. Plus, I'm hoping this'll help me to buckle down and write a little bit because I've gotten nothing done in months.

I won't say much more about Brian, except that the Brian/Justin relationship (and I seem to be one of the only people that hated it) is one of the main things that I came to hate about the show. Especially as compared to the UK version - I just can't say enough about the UK QAF, I love it so, so much. And word on Michael's mom - ugh. She's absolutely miserable.

What's really frustrating about this show is that all of the characters are simply very, very poor caracatures of the UK characters, all of whom were much more fleshed out and human. Michael's mother is loud and brash and cares simply about not caring what everyone thinks of her, all the while pushing her son to be "a successful gay man" without paying much attention to what he wants. The UK mother (who's name I can't remember) is loud and somewhat brash and cares simply about her son's happiness and pushing him to go for what he wants. It's like the US writers watched the UK show and just took the most obvious personality traits from each character to make up their cast.
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on September 25th, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
Um... don't find him physically attractive AT ALL, his mannerisms are too gay for me, he's whiny and self-involved (partly due to his age), and moreover, I was seriously hoping he'd go away after Brian slept with him and rejected the longer-term thing. I regard him much the way Michael does: why the heck aren't you gone yet?

I mean, I kind of hate him. But I hesitate to say that, because people that love the show will probably hate ME then. :0

Sounds like Christopher had tons of fun at the wedding!
He's like a walking party, and I SO wish I had even a small component of that part of his personality!

I'm extremely happy with the Sweet Charity outcome too. :)
:D As you should be! *smooches*

I'll be awaiting your bidding soon... ♥

aeroport_art: :Daeroport_art on September 25th, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you had quite an eventful weekend :D I still have yet to go to a wedding but my sister's engaged and I'm actually on my way out to see her try on bridal gowns! Weeeird... it's gonna feel like the Twilight Zone, I just know it.

And yeah I never know what readers are going to like or not. Really, people didn't dig your angsty epic Wincest? How could they not?? At least I'm predictable >_
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam/Dean kisshalfshellvenus on September 25th, 2007 10:49 pm (UTC)
Weddings are just... I seriously would have been happy eloping for mine, because I don't like being the center of attention much, and also tradition/rituals actually LESSEN the meaning of things for me rather than increase them. I don't want to feel like I'm part of a staged play-- it needs to be meaningful to ME. And the attendants/bouquet-toss/garter-toss/etc. stuff is just silliness to me. ;)

So, are you about to become a member of a wedding party? Yipes!

Really, people didn't dig your angsty epic Wincest? How could they not?? At least I'm predictable >_
You know, people loved it-- but primarily people I've never heard from before! And the comments came in over several days, as opposed to the other story where I went away for the wedding and when I came back my inbox had exploded. Just very surprising. Because true to the nature of the comm I wrote it for, the erotica was also only a 60-minute effort. :0
aeroport_artaeroport_art on September 26th, 2007 05:22 am (UTC)
Yup, I guess I'm gonna be a bridesmaid or something :O I don't even know how all that stuff works. There isn't a date set yet or anything but it should happen next year!

Oh man, all the wedding dresses were awful. I was so surprised at the quality vs. price... they were like prom dresses. Crepes and tulle and prom-y silhouettes... ugh. Not the right place for an architect (my sister) and a fashion designer >_< She's having so much trouble finding a dress, boo.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on September 26th, 2007 06:34 am (UTC)
I kind of wanted the classic, tailored white suit to get married in, but you have to shop far in advance, and when we were looking was winter-- no white anything to be had BUT traditional wedding dresses. So I wound up in something classic and lacy, no train, no veil, no bows. Extra froufy from my perspective, but timeless.

For bridesmaid dresses, a good strapless satin gown can be good for re-use. Especially in black. ;) Not that most brides go for that. :D
girlguidejonesgirlguidejones on September 26th, 2007 01:58 am (UTC)
Winchestercon! Yaye! Can we hang and be bffs? ;)

Re: SweetCharity: there were two or possibly three people bidding on me, but they were all anonymooooose. So I have no idea how that even works, truthfully. On the upside, I think that I won hansbekhart! Wheee!

The kid sounds like a treat to watch!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on September 26th, 2007 06:32 am (UTC)
Yes, we'll be BFFs and entertain cracktastic notions of Fics that Should Not Be. :0

I had anonymous bidders, but none of them won. I guess you'll find out who when they email you with their commands prompts. If you won hansbekart then you had money to burn-- her bidding was pretty high!

Christopher is just so hilarious at times. And energetic. And scary smart. And loopy. His sister is loopy too, but hardly anyone approaches his level of potential weird. :0
jeyhawk: supernatural: subtextjeyhawk on September 26th, 2007 10:27 am (UTC)
I think they finally decided on ending the auction. *g* So assigments, or however it works, should drop in soon. I hope.

I think you're underrestimating the people's need for porn. I find that 30k of wonderfully plotted fic will neer get as much comments as 400 words of badly plotted porn. Maybe it's true as they say, desire is a poor editor. :0P

Luckily for me I managed to somehow miss both fics. *grins* I read them now though, awesome both of them.

Hope the cold moves over soon. :0)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam/Dean kisshalfshellvenus on September 26th, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC)
I think you're right-- I AM underestimating people's need for porn. What was I thinking?

Hope the cold moves over soon. :0)
It's still mainly the throat, and I'm taking a LOT of Motrin to knock the soreness down. That works pretty well, though, compared to aspirin. :)
sauvageonne on September 26th, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC)
Oh F....K !!!
I missed that ???
Both ???
Oh wowza, I need to run and read that !!!
I am pretty sure these stories are beautifully sensual ... As usual.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: SN Lovershalfshellvenus on September 26th, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
:D I think you missed only the first one, because I know you read the second one. :)

And I'm glad you did! :D