JayDee

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    JayDee got a reaction from InvidiaRed for a status update, Gotta continue taking a break for a while, I’ll be back to catch up and finish readin   
    Gotta continue taking a break for a while, I’ll be back to catch up and finish reading some ongoing stories when I can. Stay strong everyone.
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    JayDee got a reaction from InvidiaRed for a status update, Gotta continue taking a break for a while, I’ll be back to catch up and finish readin   
    Gotta continue taking a break for a while, I’ll be back to catch up and finish reading some ongoing stories when I can. Stay strong everyone.
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    JayDee got a reaction from InvidiaRed for a status update, Gotta continue taking a break for a while, I’ll be back to catch up and finish readin   
    Gotta continue taking a break for a while, I’ll be back to catch up and finish reading some ongoing stories when I can. Stay strong everyone.
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    JayDee got a reaction from InvidiaRed for a status update, Gotta continue taking a break for a while, I’ll be back to catch up and finish readin   
    Gotta continue taking a break for a while, I’ll be back to catch up and finish reading some ongoing stories when I can. Stay strong everyone.
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    JayDee got a reaction from InvidiaRed for a status update, Gotta continue taking a break for a while, I’ll be back to catch up and finish readin   
    Gotta continue taking a break for a while, I’ll be back to catch up and finish reading some ongoing stories when I can. Stay strong everyone.
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    JayDee reacted to InvidiaRed for a status update, Offering Sorrow is complete and it’ll be awhile before I return to this particular ve   
    Offering Sorrow is complete and it’ll be awhile before I return to this particular verse.
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    JayDee reacted to InBrightestDay for a status update, Ok, so it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything here. Not a long time since I   
    Ok, so it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything here.  Not a long time since I visited the site, but I’ve been very quiet.  I have, however, in the last week had JayDee, Sparrow and one person on the DR asking “Are you dead?”
    Allow me to settle that.  I am, in fact, dead.  I’m sure you’re all wondering how I’m typing this, and it is a mystery.  I can’t quite answer it myself.  Blame JayDee’s slumber party super team for this; it sounds like something that would happen to them.
    Ok, obviously I’m not dead.  A lot has been going on, some of which is cool and some of which will be awkward to talk about, but I feel like I should tell you all about it.
    First off, I turned 35 back in April, and had my latest midlife crisis.  I have one of those every year, stressing about all the things I haven’t done in my life, and they’re getting more appropriate since, in four years, I’ll hit what, statistically, is mid-life for an average American male.  Likely in response to this, I am...endeavoring to get a new job, after working at a grocery store for the last decade.  I don’t want to elaborate too much, because this might fall through, and I may instead have to just push harder to advance at the store.  If things work out, there will be a prolonged training program (about six months), but after that I should be making enough money to live on my own, meaning I will no longer be an approaching-middle-age-man living with my parents.  I don’t want to say any more than that now, lest I get my own hopes up too much, but I will let all of you know if things move forward.
    Up next, I should explain why I stopped talking.
    Part of my Asperger’s is something whose technical name I don’t know, but that I’ve heard referred to simply as “avoidance.”  Generally, when something stresses me out, I tend to begin looking at or doing anything else.  That became a factor recently.
    Some of you have presumably been following Mortuus Orbis, a multi-franchise crossover story I co-wrote with Sparrow.  It’s massive, far larger than I realized it would be when I agreed to work on it (to be fair, I also think it’s far larger than Sparrow thought it would be).  Two arcs, the one just titled Mortuus Orbis and the second one, titled Bunkerkampf, have been written, but there are three more to go, and then there were also plans for a sequel.  It’s part of a much bigger multiverse too, and as we talked during writing, I remember multiple other stories being discussed, including a story involving the Halo and Metroid franchises, another involving a massive planetary siege, and another that involved Avatar: The Last Airbender.  I also couldn’t see an endpoint to this, a place where it would really be over and done with.  Assuming these were all like MO, I would be doing the vast majority of the writing.
    I saw this multiverse stretching out ahead of me, potentially forever...and I panicked.
    Well, panicked isn’t the right word.  That sounds like I was like…

    What really happened was that the avoidance kicked in, and I began to not-entirely-consciously withdraw from conversations that could or would likely involve this huge project, ending up with me going very quiet on AFF.  This did result in me being more relaxed, but at the same time it meant me abandoning Sparrow and not interacting with all of you here, so this is an untenable situation.  I have to figure out how to approach this again.
    I’m not entirely sure how to do this, but I want to make it work.  At the very least, I will eventually finish the remaining three arcs of MO.  I’m not sure what the writing schedule will look like, given what I said about the possible (fingers crossed) change in careers.  If I get settled into an apartment and therefore don’t have to constantly take care of dogs, I’ll actually have more uninterrupted time to write, but again I really don’t want to get too far ahead of myself.  At any rate we’re in an uncertain time right now, but I hope to know reasonably soon whether the training will start or not.
    I do have some other projects going on at the moment, though, so I’d like to take a moment to discuss a few of them.
    Mommy Loves You: Games (Dungeons & Dragons).  A oneshot, it is nearing completion, expecting around 5k words.  This story is entirely Sparrow’s fault, and he will thus have it dedicated to/inflicted on him.
    Sins of the Fathers: Games (D&D).  A possible sequel to MLY, this is still somewhat theoretical, but I have a rough idea of how it would go.
    Noctis Sector Chronicles – Do Not Go Gentle: Original (kinda).  In progress.  A oneshot and partway done, but longer than MLY (will likely end up around 15k words).  This is part of the Dark Star universe created by John Drake.  He allowed several of his readers to design alien species for the universe, which led to characters created by readers and stories that introduce them, which came to be called the Noctis Sector Chronicles.  Two are already up, and this is to be mine.  The character, Selara, will also be one of the protagonists in a huge project below.
    Title Redacted: Miscellaneous crossovers.  In progress.  Sparrow-adjacent.  Takes place in the multiverse; obvious connection.  Entire cast classified, wish to preserve surprise, but fact that I’m speaking like a scientist Salarian *inhale*...suspicious.
    Found Family: Original (kinda, again).  In progress.  This started out as a story idea of mine, using all of the alien OCs as characters, and then another reader, currently going by Aia (she changes her screen name frequently) got super excited and REALLY wanted to co-write.  And then she just took off with writing it herself.  I’m very much involved in story planning and editing, but basically Aia and my writing relationship is Sparrow and my writing relationship backwards.  I came up with the story idea and most of the plot, she writes (except for a few select scenes I did myself) and I edit.
    Aia is a beast, though.  Where I may get a scene done in a day, Aia usually gets a chapter, something like 18,000 words, done in a day.  It’s a lot to read and keep up with.
    Anyway, FF started out as one book with three acts, but given the increased character focus, it became three books (it’s like the Snyder cut of an internet fic).  Anyway, this will go up on AFF, along with my NSC story, once both are done.
    Tales of the Multiverse: Containment Breach: Anime crossovers.  In planning.  Action/horror story starring Marlene and Yuji from Blue Gender and other characters I need to come up with (‘cause what’s the point of a multiverse team if you can’t throw some other people in there?) facing a threat from an alternate Earth that went very bad.
    The Arena: Miscellaneous crossovers.  Still very much in planning.  I haven’t started writing because this one needs more work in terms of story structure, specifically laying groundwork for the third act.  I have a lot of moments in there, but some of the things I’d thrown in fall into that category where they’re badass, but aren’t rooted in character arcs, and without that the events feel empty.  I’m somewhat nervous now that the field of “Deathstalker Giant Crossover-Inspired Fics” is no longer empty, so this has to be as good as I can make it so that it’s not completely overshadowed by MO.
    Long Is the Way: This one won’t even be on AFF, but I want to mention this for completeness’ sake...and because you all will laugh when I tell you that yes, I am in the process of rescuing someone else’s angel.  I have an outline, which I’ll almost certainly share with JayDee because they must suffer all of my stories like this.   The short version is that this will be “InBrightestDay does Dante’s Inferno” and the title comes from a Milton quote: “Long is the way and hard, that out of Hell leads up to light.”
    The Spider House: Original.  In planning.  Cody and Yua’s intro story.  Y’all know about this one, but I am looking forward to whenever I get to writing it.  Low on the list because it doesn’t have to come out at any specific time.
    Anyway, I hope this sheds a little light on things.  I wish I could elaborate on the job thing, but again, I’m really scared of getting too optimistic and then being let down, so I don’t want to go into detail.
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    JayDee reacted to Ghost-of-a-Chance for a status update, I wanted to share a real zinger for anyone who needs a laugh today. For this to make   
    I wanted to share a real zinger for anyone who needs a laugh today. For this to make sense, you need to know three things: 1, I'm bi with a very supportive straight husband; 2, I'm in the closet IRL because of homophobic loved ones, and 3, I'm "out" online under my pen name. Oh, and 4, my husband Cold is an adorable smartass.
    I spent some time today working in our big hall closet, up on a stepladder. When I heard Cold come through the front door, I warned him to be careful coming through the hallway because "I'm kinda in the closet."
       "Kinda?" he retorted. "You're entirely in the closet." 
       I could hear the unspoken bi joke like a cat hearing a can opener. "I'm only in the closet IRL," I reminded him, "online, everyone and their gay stepdog knows I'm bi." 
        Cold poked his head around the door. "Either you're in the closet or you're out of the closet," he teased me. "You can't be both. You're not Schrodinger's bi."
     And that's how I realized it is entirely possible to laugh yourself right off a ladder, and that, despite getting older, Cold IS still able to catch me before I can fall on my oversized rump. I'm still grinning about this, and it's been over an hour!
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    JayDee reacted to InvidiaRed for a status update, Nearly done with the last preview. But here’s a writer question isn’t it a nice thing   
    Nearly done with the last preview.
     
    But here’s a writer question isn’t it a nice thing to do to put your manuscript through spellchecker/grammarly so your editor doesn’t hate you? You know catch the obvious errors first.
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    JayDee reacted to Desiderius Price for a status update, Note to self, I can’t keep adding inches to this character’s todger every time he vis   
    Note to self, I can’t keep adding inches to this character’s todger every time he visits the hospital wing!
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    JayDee reacted to kagome26isawsome for a status update, well i just found out the hard way that there are shitty people in this world. I lost   
    well i just found out the hard way that there are shitty people in this world. I lost my phone Sat, and only got it back today cuz my carrier was nice enough to give me the name and phone number of the person who had my phone and i called and threatened them! ugh. I hope Karma bites her in the ass!
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    JayDee reacted to InvidiaRed for a status update, Finally, my labor is nearing its ebb. 3k words left @BronxWench   
    Finally, my labor is nearing its ebb. 3k words left
    @BronxWench
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    JayDee reacted to InvidiaRed for a status update, http://hp.adult-fanfiction.org/story.php?no=600099588&chapter=11 Just a quick   
    http://hp.adult-fanfiction.org/story.php?no=600099588&chapter=11
     
    Just a quick update to celebrate my achievement of finishing and then I decided to do a Preview Hahaha. The world is grand <3
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    JayDee reacted to Desiderius Price for a status update, Bit of gunk on the monitor becomes a (derogatory) nickname to a character, funny how   
    Bit of gunk on the monitor becomes a (derogatory) nickname to a character, funny how life goes.
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    JayDee reacted to Desiderius Price for a status update, At what point must I stop calling my story “short”, a million words?   
    At what point must I stop calling my story “short”, a million words?
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    JayDee reacted to InvidiaRed for a status update, I feel like there is a whole untapped subgenre of what happens when a zombie apocalyp   
    I feel like there is a whole untapped subgenre of what happens when a zombie apocalypse gets worse.
    *Werewolf howls*
    or demons escaping hell or vampires going crazy as they try to find the last living humans before they go totally feral.
    or even suddenly it goes disaster movie.
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    JayDee reacted to WillowDarkling for a status update, So, the paternal unit has turned 69, and after two weeks of careful consideration I h   
    So, the paternal unit has turned 69, and after two weeks of careful consideration I have decided to spend the rest of the year sniggering. He does not think it’s that funny...
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    JayDee got a reaction from BronxWench for a status update, That review suggesting I reskinned another author’s story when theirs was posted a de   
    That review suggesting I reskinned another author’s story when theirs was posted a decade after mine bugged me a little. I mean, if I had a time machine I’d be using it to go back to the old west just like in Back to the Future 3, not stealing stories!
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    JayDee got a reaction from BronxWench for a status update, That review suggesting I reskinned another author’s story when theirs was posted a de   
    That review suggesting I reskinned another author’s story when theirs was posted a decade after mine bugged me a little. I mean, if I had a time machine I’d be using it to go back to the old west just like in Back to the Future 3, not stealing stories!
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    JayDee got a reaction from BronxWench for a status update, That review suggesting I reskinned another author’s story when theirs was posted a de   
    That review suggesting I reskinned another author’s story when theirs was posted a decade after mine bugged me a little. I mean, if I had a time machine I’d be using it to go back to the old west just like in Back to the Future 3, not stealing stories!
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    JayDee got a reaction from BronxWench for a status update, That review suggesting I reskinned another author’s story when theirs was posted a de   
    That review suggesting I reskinned another author’s story when theirs was posted a decade after mine bugged me a little. I mean, if I had a time machine I’d be using it to go back to the old west just like in Back to the Future 3, not stealing stories!
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    JayDee got a reaction from BronxWench for a status update, That review suggesting I reskinned another author’s story when theirs was posted a de   
    That review suggesting I reskinned another author’s story when theirs was posted a decade after mine bugged me a little. I mean, if I had a time machine I’d be using it to go back to the old west just like in Back to the Future 3, not stealing stories!
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    JayDee reacted to Kei0523 for a status update, It could just be some people are waiting for the finished product, and I know that as   
    It could just be some people are waiting for the finished product, and I know that as long as the person my stories are intended for enjoyed them, public opinion doesn’t matter. I also realize I’m posting fics for a fandom that’s probably long since gone, but I’m a bit sad my story with sex is still getting way more hits than my story without sex.  Again, it could just be because some people are waiting for the finished product. I dunno – it’s a conflicted feeling. Again, the people the stories are dedicated for: only their opinion really matters.
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    JayDee reacted to BronxWench for a status update, Wishing the very happiest birthday ever to my sweet Neko-baby, WillowDarkling! I hope   
    Wishing the very happiest birthday ever to my sweet Neko-baby, WillowDarkling! I hope this year brings dreams come true, love!     
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    JayDee reacted to Desiderius Price for a status update, You know, people just don’t see the point of invisibility.   
    You know, people just don’t see the point of invisibility.