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Or, well, not so much with the thinky-thoughts, but rather an explanation of why I really really REALLY mean it when I thank you guys for reading and commenting. Those of you who are behind the friends-lock know what's been going on in my life over the past year (or thirteen, actually), and especially the past several days, so you'll appreciate, too, that in creating things that will be appreciated by others, I am also trying to create a version of 'me' that is valued, that will continue to exist (i.e., be valued by someone, live in someone else' head, have meaning to them) once my mother passes away -- because our identities are constructed, at least in part, out of how the people in our lives think about us.

ETA But also see my comment to [livejournal.com profile] gelsey -- you are definitely NOT OBLIGATED to ever comment my stuff. I just really appreciate it when people do.

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Date: 2017-01-05 07:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gelsey.livejournal.com

Hugs. The commenter is completely right. I get little feedback on the majority of what I've written and I always tell myself to tell the story I really want to tell and not what the most people will read.

I haven't had time to read your story yet but I have it on a(n admittedly long) list to get to when I can :D


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Date: 2017-01-05 07:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zigadenus.livejournal.com
Gah, now I'm worried people will think this is a weepy statement about an obligation to comment my stuff. NO. No one is ever obligated to comment on my stuff -- but I do really enjoy it when people do, and I'm exceedingly thankful for everyone who takes the time.

If/when you decide to read my scribbles, I hope you'll enjoy some of it. I don't publish a lot; I've got tons of things fluttering around in my head, but not all of them (in fact, not even many of them) are worthy of being written up. Before I start plotting/writing something, it needs to accomplish certain goals for me, related to theme, narrative structure, and character investigation. And all of those goals tend to be highly personalized (Cool Stuff Theory of Literature (http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/889625-the-cool-stuff-theory-of-literature-is-as-follows-all), again), so I know that it won't appeal to everyone. I'm glad it appeals to anyone at all.

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Date: 2017-01-05 08:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gelsey.livejournal.com

Oh no, I didn't read it that way at all. I always want more comments but no one is ever obligated. But it's ever so nice when someone does it :D

I always have ideas. Whether I have the time and energy or it doesn't pan out is another thing altogether. I don't know that I go into something with all of those goals, but there's usually an end game of some sort in mind. Sometimes it's just to please a prompter. But then I write, by and large, short pieces (the Novel of Doom of year before last is a pleasant if traumatic anomaly for me despite my desire to write novels).

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Date: 2017-01-05 09:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zigadenus.livejournal.com
I think I go into writing with specific goals because accomplishing them is part of the game, the challenge. If I were just telling a story, I probably couldn't be bothered to actually exert the effort required (b/c I've imagined the story already, and am, for myself, content to keep it there).

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Date: 2017-01-06 12:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beffeysue.livejournal.com
Never fear. I will never forget you or the stories you write. From the get-go I felt like I was reading the words of a kindred spirit—something I would like to have written myself if I had the ability you do to express these characters' emotions in the way you do
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