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Writing Again and a Really Nice Weekend - Mo's Journal
August 4th, 2008
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Writing Again and a Really Nice Weekend
So, I've started writing fanfic again after a long, long hiatus. I'm working on a story/series set in X-Men movieverse but unconnected to any of my previous fiction. It's Scott/Logan but with a new back story for them both, not consistent with either my X1 or X2 fiction. I'm writing it as part of the livelongnmarry auction. The lovely and generous realpestilence paid $60 towards a cause I very much believe in, so I want to write a series that meets her rather exacting requirements. It's set between X1 and X2 and I have two chapters written thus far. I know how it ends, but not everything that happens in the middle. I expect it will be somewhere between five and ten chapters and between 15,000 and 20,000 words. (Incidentally, the other item I auctioned was a care package, won by thefourthvine and I now have all my items collected and just need to package them up and mail them off to her). It feels very good to be writing again!

I had a great weekend, which is the second subject of this post. On Saturday after shul I met up with talktooloose and his lover, Snake, and we had lunch and chatted and then went off to Coney Island. We went to the aquarium , saw the Sea Lion show, walked along the boardwalk and talked about: fanfic, writing process, family stuff, animals (aquarian and otherwise), travel, places we have lived, and just generally had a good old geeky time.

I always love spending time with talktooloose and was very happy to meet Snake after all this time. I found him charming, easy to be with and fun to talk to/listen to. It had poured in the early afternoon (I was a drowned rat when I met them at the restaurant but dried out over lunch) and that made the aquarium and boardwalk much less crowded than usual, which enhanced the experience.

On Sunday, I went to a picnic in NJ with vickifelder and her daughter. The picnic was in honor of one of Vicki's daughter's donor siblings who is leaving for college shortly and was attended by a number of other donor siblings and their mothers. I felt a little bit out of place some of the time, since I was the only one not connected in that way (and since the whole "donor sibling" idea feels very alien to me) but everyone was very hospitable and inclusive and it was nice to hang out in a suburban backyard and chat with a bunch of moms. It felt like a mini-vacation (hence the icon).

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From:fantasyenabler
Date:August 4th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
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It sounds like you had an excellent weekend too. :)
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From:mofic
Date:August 4th, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
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Yes, very nice. But no Batman.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 4th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
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My sister and sister-in-law are aware of their twins' donor siblings via the web, but have nothing to do with them except to exchange medical histories.
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From:mofic
Date:August 4th, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC)
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I wonder who you are, anonymous person with anonymouse sister with twins with semi-anonymous donor :-)
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From:davidfcooper
Date:August 4th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
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That's me; I forgot I wasn't logged in.
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From:mofic
Date:August 4th, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC)
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I figured it was someone who didn't mean to be anonymous. It didn't seem like an anonymous kind of comment...
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From:ringthebells
Date:August 4th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
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What relationship are donor-sibs, exactly? Is it kids with the same sperm donor?
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From:mofic
Date:August 5th, 2008 01:04 am (UTC)
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Yes, that's exactly what it means - kids from different families whose parents purchased semen that came from the same donor (or, more accurately, sperm vendor since the "donors" don't donate - they sell their semen).

The donors are anonymous but there's a donor catalogue with info about them and then you order by donor number. So some of the sperm banks have set up what they call "Donor Sibling Registries" where you can register and say what your donor number is and meet up with people who had the same number. This group of families has met a number of times and considers themselves to be an extended family.

The whole thing feels very alien to me, because if I thought that family was determined by biology I wouldn't have turned to donor insemination for my female partner and me to have kids together! But some people really do feel like they have a familial connection with anyone who used the same donor and really like feeling like that.
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From:libgirl
Date:August 6th, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
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YAY for you writing again--that's awesome! :D

Sounds like you had a friend-filled weekend. :D That's the best type. :D
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From:uraniachang
Date:August 12th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC)
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Oh, I'm so glad to hear that you start to write X-Men fic again, especially it's a Scott/Logan one!
You're the writer who dominates the Scogan fandom and I've been re-reading your old fics lately because I don't know when you'll write new ones. But now I know you're writing it, I still get the urge to re-read the old ones, just to better grasps your way of writing before I can get to read your new ones.
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From:mofic
Date:August 12th, 2008 12:31 pm (UTC)
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Oh what a lovely note! I've written three chapters of this new one and hope to have the rest finished in the next few weeks.
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