Author has written 8 stories for Gone with the Wind, and Pride and Prejudice.
I decided to put "Livelier in London" on hold for the time being. I have found it too difficult to try and juggle editing "Practical Engagements" (the P&P fanfiction work I would like to eventually publish on Amazon), writing "Livelier in London," writing my own original stories, and editing other documents.
I will post the first chapter for "Practical Engagements" soon, under my Sophie Rae account. I posted this story about two years ago in its entirety and took it down shortly thereafter. I have made significant additions to it, and am continuing to make changes to it as I edit. I will post a chapter every other day once I post it. Hopefully it will be a polished draft of what I will publish, once I am finished with it on this site.
Again, if you are interested in my P&P writing, I will be posting "Practical Engagements" under my other pen name Sophie Rae.
And finally, fingers crossed, I hope to publish something--anything--for GWTW, around the anniversary of when I first published something for GWTW. It will be my reward if I'm very good and focus on my "real" writing.
I am nearing two years on fanfiction. I have loved my experience in this community as much as I have struggled to understand what exactly it means to be a part of a community where I don't actually know anyone and no one actually knows me. What does community mean with complete anonymity and absolute unaccountability? I have floundered, I have fought, I have flitted back and forth, reluctant and recalcitrant, or incredulous and sarcastic.
If nothing else, I have come to accept that it has been an experience, and one which, to my amusement and wonder, has opened my eyes to aspects of my personality I didn't see before. I have received kindness and authenticity, I have discovered talent and hopefulness; minds, if not hearts, that share a love for characters and plots that have kept me company and helped me survive for years gone by, and that will continue to do so in the years to come. And most bizarrely and wonderfully of all, out of this ethereal community, built on people's imaginations of other people's imagined worlds, I have connected with real people, who face real problems and share real stories.
This is mise en abime, en abime, and I'm finally feeling like I belong, floating around in nothing but the dreams of familiar strangers.
Cheers and happy writing,
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