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).