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By aethucyn (Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 02:48:36 PM EST) (all tags)
WFC post-mortem inside.

Mine was Universal Fantasy.
I didn't plan this one at all. The only thing I knew was that there was a guy on his balcony smoking, that he'd just had sex, and that it had left him feeling more empty than anything else. So, I stalled for a moment on the subject of balconies. I've had them in a bunch of my apartments, but particularly when you live alone, you just don't use them much, even though when looking at the place you say ooo.

The overall story is something of a reaction to events that have happened in my own life, a dash of wish fulfilment, and some recent adjustments in my writing style.

Of the four relationships I've consummated, three of them have ended after the woman returned from a trip during which she slept with another man. And on no occasion was I much surprised. So while I knew that Garret's scenario about Jean and the director was wrong, I don't think he was entirely off-base. I think despite the saying, you in fact are the first to know when you're about to get dumped, and that even includes the person dumping you.

And it's pretty clear what happens. Driven crazy by his girlfriend's real or imagined affair, he goes off and has sex for comfort, revenge or simply due to opportunity, and it doesn't change anything. The core problem is still the stuff that he hasn't bothered to face in the first place, that there was something deeply wrong with their relationship, and it wasn't going to be fixed by him flying out to see her, or proposing to her, or getting drunk, or having sex with somebody else.

Anyway, thanks to everybody who voted for it.

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Like I said in my review, by toxicfur (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 03:58:38 PM EST
this story felt really authentic. I kind of wish you'd put lines between paragraphs just to make it easier to read, but I thought you told a very nice story with this one. Now, onward with the NaNo!
inspiritation: the effect of irritating someone so much it inspires them to do something about it. --BuggEye
The NaNo is coming by aethucyn (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 04:09:13 PM EST
The 9% is deceptive as I need to finish the section I started early yesterday morning, the part I wrote during Sunday Brunch, and another Brief Diversion that I wrote on the train this morning. So there will be a massive dump over the course of the next three hours.

And yeah, serious formatting issues when I posted UF. Was working with a new word processor, and hadn't thought about smart quotes until my first attempt at posting. So, I ran through dealing with those, and didn't even think about how the spacing hadn't translated properly.

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I admit by Kellnerin (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 04:15:13 PM EST
The title scared me. Maybe because I am afraid of finding out there is some universal fantasy that I do not share, or something, and what that might say about me. However I loved that idea as a refrain (that the first fantasy is the balcony, set the tone), and I'm fine with it as Garret's perception of a U.F., but in six words pithy outweighs precise.

"If we build it, will they come, and what will they do when they get here?" -- iGrrrl
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