NautiBitz (nautibitz) wrote in nautific,

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I'm still here!

Sorry for the delay, everyone -- I was given an opportunity to come to Martha's Vineyard for 7 weeks to focus on the novel I've been writing in my head for most of my adult life, so I took it. (The novel takes place on the Vineyard, so I've spent a lot of my time here exploring, researching, and interviewing the locals. I'm happy to report that the first draft is 2/3 done, and I couldn't be more excited about it!) I have learned two valuable things: in order to finish something the first step is to START IT, and the second step is to NOT STOP. ;) So, finishing this story that is so close to my heart is my top priority right now, and will remain so when I get back home next week.

However! I haven't forgotten that Crave needs an ending! In fact, now that I've adapted it into an original novel (yep, did that, too!), the sooner I wrap it up and put it to bed, the sooner I can figure out where to try to sell it. I know it's not going to be an easy pitch, what with it not being tailored to any specific genre, plus it's got the whole cheating angle... Anyone know of some fabulous publishing house that loves printing unconventional erotic romances with 10 initial chapters of UST leading into an adulterous May/December affair, with drama, intrigue, BDSM, and, oh yeah, it's also a comedy? ;)

I blame YOU, Joss Whedon.

Anyway, I will finish the Spuffy version of Crave ASAP. In the meantime, you should check out the new fic entries at seasonal_spuffy, which goes on through June 30th. Regretfully, due to this writing trip and work obligations, I couldn't get my entry done in time for my posting day, but there are plenty of super-talented people who could. Go over there and tell them how awesome they are.

Also, if you want to laugh (or cry, or hurl, depending), check out my latest plagiarism case. Someone "borrowed" entire sections of Crash and Burn for... wait for it... a Michael Jackson/Christina Aguilera rpf. I'll let that sink in for a minute.

(And yes, that is why I added all of those 'don't be a jerk' plagiarism warnings to every chapter of Crave. To be honest, I was seriously tempted to pack it in and take down everything I'd ever written, because what's it all for if idiots are just going to keep copying my labors of love? This was, what, the seventh time? That I knew of? And then... then someone wrote a really nice comment here about Crave, and I remembered why I do this. Because there is nothing quite like finding out that you've moved someone. There is also nothing quite like finding out that you've won fourteen awards at the SunnyDs, including 'Best Author' -- that totally made up for the pain of being plagiarized too, haha. Thanks to everyone who voted!)

By the way, there is still time to vote at the c2c_buffyawards, and the SunnyDs have just opened for new nominations.

Tags: fic progress, original fic, plagiarism
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