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Joined 02-16-06, id: 513599, Profile Updated: 07-17-15
Author has written 9 stories for Romance, and Fantasy.

7/18/2015

Still alive! - The Croods (a movie. Watch it!)

So some of the problems with FP that I mention below are fixed now - repeating characters seem to be showing up now, and the section-break fiasco has calmed down. It still doesn't like some symbols though: = for sure, probably $, I haven't checked lately.

Still not writing but still thinking about it. I feel bad about leaving my last fic "Last Fighter, Last Heart" unfinished. In fact, I have a good part of the next chapter written - and has been that way for years. Maybe this weekend. But probably not. :(

Elsewise, in my life, nothing has changed. That's how it gets when you get older. Same job (when you find one you like, KEEP IT!), samo-sameo as far as everything else, so nothing to really report. I'm kind of amazed that the stories I wrote in 2006 are still getting read. Imagine if I'd kept writing stories all the years between then and now... Ohwell, ya do what ya can.

Oh, and a reader informs me that there's a word for "yaoi fanboy": fudanshi. Japanese (of course!) for "rotton boy". Not sure I approve of that, but whatever. Not my language anyway.. Note that "fudanshi" does not mention the "straight" part of "straight yaoi fanboy", but it's close enough. Seems there's more of us all the time. Or more likely, simply more of us who aren't ashamed to admit it. Me, I'm PROUD to call myself a "straight fudanshi" and otaku. Both Japanese words. Sigh. Figures, though.

Here's my theory (obviously I have time on my hands this morning...): The Japanese know the difference between "things you like in fantasy" and "things you like in reality". In reality they're a very up-tight people (in general - not TRYING to sound racist, honest. Someone disagree with me!). Americans are conditioned to think that we all WANT reality to be like fantasy (thanks, Disney!). And for some reason, as long as our fantasies are ultra-violent, that's fine. But any sexual kinks are to be despised (thanks Puritans!). It's a weird world.

6/3/11

Yup, still here. I was just reading my own story as displayed by FP and thought I should say a few things:

FP actually kind of sucks for us authors because it CHANGES WHAT YOU WRITE and doesn't tell you about it ahead of time!

Section-breaks are a particular problem. You can't use ANY repeating characters - FP will either remove it completely or shorten it. So a line of "=" or "-" or whatever just gets cut right out. The only thing it likes is MSWord's (or OpenOffice's) "horizontal line" - it'll leave that in. So sometimes it looks like the author (e.g., me) is kind of skipping around between paragraphs, but that's because FP has helpfully removed my section-break indicators.

It does the same thing with ANY repeating character! You can't type in "Mmmmm" (I don't know if it's going to do it here, there should be 5 m's) - it gets shortened to just "Mm". Which can rather change the meaning. It also doesn't like dollar-signs, percents, math symbols... it just takes them right out.

In short, FP kind of sucks - but for a long time, it was the best site around, and by far the most popular, which is why we're all here. There may well be better sites now, I don't know. If you do, please let me know where it is.

Speaking of Math - apparently I suck at it. Because NOW I'm finally 50. It's just not something I calculate out very often. I've been thinking that I was 50 for the past two years... *embarrassed*

And I still haven't written anything new since my last profile update. But I still THINK about it... Sigh.

Oh - and NOW there seem to be lots of hits when googling for "straight yaoi fanboy" - but that wasn't the case when I first looked in '08. Apparently even boys can evolve. Who knew? :)

5/20/09

BTW, I turned the big five-oh a week ago. Yeah. Apparently I can no longer think of myself as a "guy". I'm totally a "man" now. Weird. I mean, I knew it had to happen SOMEDAY, I guess, but... weird.

What else. Oh - yeah, sorry about not updating or writing or anything. It's one of those things. I gotta make it a HABIT, supplanting other, less productive "habits", y'know. The thing is (I think), that I know I CAN do it now, I don't need to prove it anymore. So it's like, since I don't have to PROVE I can do it... I'll get around to the writing later. And the writing is fearsome, because I KNOW the story could be SO good... but I'm not so sure I can pull it off. It's hard to 'splain. Or maybe it's just general ennui, and not so hard after all. :)

Anyway, I'm-a keep trying. I still THINK about it every day. I just have a hard time DOING it, is all.

Of course, what I'm thinking about is the NEXT story, not the current one ("Last Fighter, Last Heart" as I write this). But I'll try! I'LL TRY!

5/23/08

Thought it was time to update my profile, again.

Just had a birthday - I'm 48 now. No, that's not a typo. Forty-eight. That's right, kiddies, probably older than your dad... I hear that a lot, like it's somehow surprising. I swear to god, the median age around here must be about 17, and I've gotten faves from girls as young as 12. TWELVE! lol. Twelve year old girls are reading my homosexual male romance stories. I just can't get over that... It feels a little weird, in fact. One of my greatest fears is that some little fan-girl will come up to me on the street someday and say "Failte! When are you going to update your fic?! When's Bob gonna get it on with John?" I'd probably have a heart-attack. Life is funny.

And it's almost all girls, too. I think I can probably count on one hand how many guys I know (all on-line, of course) who like m/m slash. It's funny - when I was into femmslash, most of that fandom was lesbians (and girls who just didn't know they were lesbians yet - it's so cute to watch them turn). I wasn't expecting that. I figured it'd be full of other dirty old men like me. Quite the shocker.

Now I write m/m slash romance. I used to write fanfics ( http://www.fanfiction.net/~failte200 ), and when I did, they were mostly femmslash (Kigo - Kim Possible/Shego. It's a long story, and I'm actually not overly fond of the cartoon - just the characters) - with a little m/m on the side. Then I switched to original fics (I'll never go back to fanfics), and since then it's been all m/m slash all the time. I think it may be wearing off a little now, though. I'm getting new plot-bunnies that aren't CENTERED around the characters being gay (although they still are).

Unfortunately, most readers here don't really care about plot all that much. They mostly want fluffy man-sex. eyeroll Girls... And I'm writing at them. How the hell did this happen to me?

And the weird thing is: I'm not even gay. I'm a straight(ish) yaoi fan-boy.

Yeah yeah, I know what you're thinking. "Suuuure you're not dude... I've read your stories, you like the boys... just admit it!"

The deal is that I like femininity - but I don't care if it shows up in boys or girls. As a result, I'm most turned-on by girly-boys, JUST LIKE the yaoi fan-girls are. Which kind of troubles me. But what the heck. I know what I like. Although I DO try as hard as I can to keep my fictional boys acting like boys, just because girls writing "boys" who are basically girls is such a stereotype in the slash world. There ARE differences between boys and girls, besides just between the legs.

I usually reply to reviews (if they're better than "Kawaii! Update soon!"), and I hang out on two forums: (edit - well, one now) at http://www.fictionpress.com/forum/Slash_Fiction_Forum/64/

Funny who all m/m slash appeals to, ain't it? Straight girls, gay girls, gay guys, emo-boys... and even one, lone, straight(ish) middle-aged man. Seriously - try googling for "straight yaoi fan-boy" sometime. Nothing. Yeesh.

Anyway, if you are (or know) a straight(ish) slash fanboy, please let me know, just so I don't feel so alone, eh?

I wish I could figure out why gay (lesbian including) romance is so much more interesting that straight. I'm still kinna working on that. It's a mystery. I've been like this for three years now. Femmslash corrupted me, got me thinking about gay romance, whereas before, I was just a typical "lesbians are hawt" type of guy and now... sigh. Now I own the ENTIRE Queer as Folk series. And I write gay romances.

Me.

Romances.

Never mind that they're gay romances, they're still Romances.

I mean, come ON!... WTF, y'know?

I just get the feeling that God is laughing his ass off at me. "Ha! Deal with THAT, sucker!" Even though I always wanted to write, I never in my life had anything I really wanted to write ABOUT until this happened. :shakes head: I dunno, man. I just do not know.

One more thing: if you'd like one of my stories - in chapters or all in one big file, your choice of format - just e-mail me and ask for it. So you can read it on your iPod or whatever. FictionPress doesn't make it easy for you to do that, so I will.

See ya 'round the 'Net, And ONLY the 'Net, I hope to god...

Failte

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Wyatt by xanthofile reviews
[Slash] A teen wondering when his chance at life will come. Taking care of his invalid mother and keeping it secret, he's never lived for himself. Until two brothers move just across the street. [complete]
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 20 - Words: 55,910 - Reviews: 313 - Favs: 364 - Follows: 66 - Updated: 12/3/2007 - Published: 4/5/2006 - Complete
Let's Pretend by Limited Edition reviews
My life is quite simple. I have a girlfriend who I love, I have two fathers whom I love and I have this classmate that insists on raping me. It's nothing, really. Yeah, yeah, it's...fine. [slash]
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Drama - Chapters: 3 - Words: 4,895 - Reviews: 50 - Favs: 23 - Follows: 40 - Updated: 3/18/2007 - Published: 3/3/2007
Cold and Dark by Ravyn Starkweather reviews
Very short. Written while listening to Tourniquet by Marilyn Manson. Please read and review.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 398 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 3 - Published: 2/22/2007 - Complete
Where is the road to redemption? by Esquirella reviews
(MxM theme. Leave if you don't approve.) In a fit of anger, Danny made a huge mistake, and Jeff ends up paying for it in ways neither counted on. Can Danny save Jeff's soul, or is he lost forever?
Fiction: General - Rated: M - English - Angst/Drama - Chapters: 7 - Words: 10,370 - Reviews: 65 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 20 - Updated: 1/12/2007 - Published: 10/4/2006
Letters and Lies by A Tree reviews
Ben doesn't know who to believe anymore. Nina, his best friend and first love, or the alluring man behind the very letters that started the distrust... [Slash]
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 2 - Words: 3,629 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 8 - Updated: 12/26/2006 - Published: 12/25/2006
Surpise, surprise by Esquirella reviews
Warning: Yaoi, no action, but implied Brainy boy Henry tries to go through life unnoticed for the most part. He has a secret he's trying to keep his friendly neighborhood bully from telling, but otherwise, no one sees him. Or so he thinks. ONE SHOT!
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Angst/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,021 - Reviews: 50 - Favs: 66 - Follows: 5 - Published: 12/14/2005 - Complete
It's a Small World by staying-anon reviews
warning: incest. two twin brothers have a fun time at disneyland... mostly smut... wait... yeah it's all smut
Fiction: General - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 2 - Words: 3,367 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 26 - Follows: 3 - Published: 9/9/2003
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Last Fighter, Last Heart reviews
Slash. Dragon-Fighters, when Joined with their Hearts, can perform amazing feats of battle. Unfortunately, Julian had been forced by circumstance to Join with a young boy, and when he finally woke up after his first fight - the boy was gone.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Romance/Fantasy - Chapters: 8 - Words: 38,674 - Reviews: 38 - Favs: 48 - Follows: 48 - Updated: 9/4/2009 - Published: 12/31/2007
You Never Know reviews
Slash. Can you find love on the Fruit-Loop? You never know. One-shot.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,018 - Reviews: 23 - Favs: 38 - Follows: 4 - Published: 3/18/2009 - Complete
Little Ditty About Jack and Duran reviews
Slash. Two American kids, doin' the best they can. Inspiration obvious. One-shot. R language.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,471 - Reviews: 18 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 2 - Published: 7/27/2008 - Complete
NonConsensual Love reviews
Slash, Coming-of-age. 15 y/o Ryan is forced to make a deal with a 50 y/o African man he calls "Sno", selling his body for passage. Turns out, neither of them will end up how they began.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 8 - Words: 45,098 - Reviews: 130 - Favs: 173 - Follows: 42 - Updated: 5/27/2008 - Published: 3/30/2008 - Complete
The Wolf and the Lamb reviews
Slash. Shotacon. AND Furry. A lot of people don't like one or more of those. Nothing too graphic, though. An epic fairytale of cross species love, the 'ship between predator and prey, and other pretentious sounding things.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Romance - Chapters: 21 - Words: 110,489 - Reviews: 109 - Favs: 125 - Follows: 19 - Updated: 11/25/2007 - Published: 1/11/2007 - Complete
Alex and Bobby reviews
Slash. Bobby had a hard time getting over it when Alex admitted that he was gay. The worst part was - apparently it was Bobby who was going to have to find him a boyfriend. How does he get himself into these things?
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 8 - Words: 38,138 - Reviews: 104 - Favs: 120 - Follows: 24 - Updated: 11/14/2007 - Published: 9/13/2007 - Complete
The Road reviews
Slash. Ty's boyfriend was old enough to be his father. But actually, he was Ty's best friend's father, instead. Oneshot.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,838 - Reviews: 41 - Favs: 83 - Follows: 5 - Published: 4/26/2007 - Complete
The Girl for Me reviews
Slash. TG. Straight jockboy Kevin thinks he has gay, cross-dressing Danny under his thumb. Kevin only likes girls. So... why does he keep thinking about her? Or him. Whatever.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 17 - Words: 77,510 - Reviews: 405 - Favs: 742 - Follows: 115 - Updated: 2/14/2007 - Published: 11/27/2006 - Complete
SO Gay reviews
Slash. My first Original fic. Y'know, it's hard enough discovering you like other men, but crushing on your straight best-friend is just the WORST. Sigh. I get over it eventually... but I still feel like everyone's looking at my butt.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 3 - Words: 14,181 - Reviews: 51 - Favs: 73 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 11/19/2006 - Published: 11/15/2006 - Complete