This post has several purposes, as you can see from it's title. First of all, I just wanted to let those who are waiting for more Innocent's Verse know that more is coming, very soon. As long as LJ cooperates that is. The third chapter is written and I'll try posting it as soon as I have a couple hours to wrestle with LJ. I also wanted to give anyone who might be interested a little insight as to why it's taken so long in between posts. You see, I got a new job and it's a wonderful job, I love it, but it's very demanding. I don't have as much free time as I used to have and when I get home from work, I'm pretty wiped out.
My husband also got a new job which he loves. Mostly he loves it because he now has weekends off. So the weekends, when I used to have time and a quiet house for writing, are now taken up with doing things with my husband. It's great for our marriage, not so great for my stories.
But the comments, the pokes, the prods, from wonderful readers, really do help keep me motivated. I'd like to say that it doesn't matter to me whether anyone likes my stores, but I can't say that. It does matter, a lot. The only way I know that anyone enjoys my stories is if I get comments on them. I know it's not fashionable or popular to admit that. Oh well, the truth is the truth after all.
My career used to involve writing business articles and papers. I started writing fanfiction because I was in a career slump, didn't feel very appreciated at work, and was craving some positive reinforcement. At the same time, I started reading fanfiction and, while I LOVED many of the stories, they often left me wanting more comfort for Dean. There was usually plenty of hurt, but not much comfort. Even stories that proclaimed themselves to be hurt/comfort rarely had enough comfort for me. Dean is stoic and doesn't accept comfort easily, or at all. I completely understand that this quality of his makes most of us Dean girls love him all the more, but I wanted stories where Dean allowed himself some comfort. I got to the point where I would modify other writer's stories in my head to give Dean the comfort I craved. Eventually, I decided to write my own stories and post them, just to see what would happen. My business writing gave me a good start on the basics of writing. Storytelling is very different from business writing though, so I had no idea whether I'd be able to do it and most of the time I still doubt my abilities. Which is why the comments are so important.
I do have some sad news. Many of you know that Mr. Bun, Jensen's much-loved stuffed rabbit, is based on my real pet rabbit. Well, my Mr. Bun died in the Fall. He was such a sweet bunny, loved being held and cuddled. I miss him very much. When I write about Jensen's Mr. Bun, it brings a smile to my face because it always reminds me of my sweet bunny boy. I'll see you over the rainbow bridge, Mr. Bun.
Lastly, I wanted to ask for some LJ help from anyone who knows how LJ works. My LJ page has reverted back to a basic page and the banner has been lost. I'm not sure how this happened. Does the fact that I let my paid subscription expire have anything to do with it? I would gladly pay the subscription fee if I thought that would fix the problem, but I don't want to pay for LJ if my page is going to stay the way it is now. Also, when I look at other people's LJ pages, they all look like they have reverted back to basic pages without banners. I'm assuming that's just me though or other people would be raising a fuss and I haven't seen any posts about it.
That's it for now.
Thanks for all the support I've recieved from you all in the past!