On Sunday the parentals came back from their mini-vacation in France. They have bought wine and a painting. The painting is pretty nice. I have no idea what the kind of style is called, it's geometric shapes. It just clashes with most of the other ones we have around the house, which are mostly landscapes and various renditions of local churches and chapels. My father refuses to hang up the portraits of several generations of ancestors. There were several artists back there who painted and scultped quite productively ;)
My writing poroductivity has suffered while I was not feeling so well. I have only gotten through the prologue and the first chapter of the mpreg challenge fic. It has been hard work. I dicthed my first take at the prologue entitely and started over. I think I can live with how the second attempt at it turned out. The first chapter, well, not too happy with it. It's too heavy on description. I prefer writing dialogue. But the events in the chapter don't make for much dialogue. I have Elizabeth trying to comfort Rodney in this chapter. Although I can see her try to do this, this is not how I would typically write her. Elizabeth, as I usually write her, is more the solitary leader and through the choices she has to make, sometimes even acts as the antagonist. Another issue with the fic: I'm not sure whether to make it slash or gen. I have left that open in the first chapter which only provides introduction to events during which the story is set. The challenge was set on a slash list, with probably slash in mind. Space Pirates was initially a slash fic project (in the first chapter anyways, there was talk of love at one point), but I didn't pursue the point, and won't in the rest of the story. Never Mind was supposed to be preslash, but I had some problem with my then beta-reader over this. She found the charcaterisations in the gen version better. These days I go without a beta reader. If anyone wants to give it a try, I'd be delighted.
Generally I don't worry about reviews too much. I like it when people review what I write, but I'm not bothered when they say negative things, mostly about my grammar and spelling. But I'm wondering about the mpreg fic. It's probably going to get me flamed to hell. It should be obviously that it's not a serious fic, but there are always fangirls and would-be purists who don't get that fanfic is there to have fun. There is no such thing as an inherently bad idea in fanfic, I dare to say. There are just a lot of poorly executed ideas.
Space Pirates is now in the works again. I'm not entirely finished with the research for the upcoming parts yet. Among other things, I'm still waiting for one book from the library that I wanted to check.