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Leviathan meets the Incredible Hulk

Total Pimpage, Because I'm just knocked out!

Posted on 2007.01.25 at 08:30
I've been pleased, nay, thrilled, to get a lot of very kind reviews over on TQP, and now here on LJ, from risiepookie.

When she first started reviewing me, I checked out her profile on TQP, and saw she'd started one story, with a single chapter in place, and I read it, thought it was pretty good, and moved along with my life.

Well, I went back the other day, and she's got three stories now:


So I started from scratch on the one I'd read Chapter One of, "If a Man Answers". Oh, my God! Risie is dealing here with themes that are close to my heart. If you liked the ending of "Unwinnable Fight," I think you'll really dig this one, a heartwrenching tale of broken people in broken relationships, and somebody's going to be hurt.

Then I went on to "Wake Me". Holy God, the woman is fearless! Don't settle back and smile and think you're "Safe." Where you're afraid to go, and sure she's afraid to go, right outside your comfort zones, and into true terror and pain? She marches right into the thick of that awful place, with an inexorable, implacable courage and honestly that most writers don't even know enough to aspire to.

After these two heart-shredding, soul-searing, wrenching, draining, workouts, you need a pick-me-up. Well, look no further, because Risie's last tale is the charming, fluffy, upbeat "The Sneeze", all about Hermione seeking release, and her loving Ron, with his unexpected depths, working to bring it to her. It's sweet, it's fun, and yes, oh, yes, Risie brings Teh Hawt!

Risiepookie. She's the real deal.


Wanderings  of an artist
nutnatz at 2007-01-25 16:15 (UTC) (Link)
A second here for risiepookie! I read her stuff as well, and If a Man Answers had me enthralled!
risiepookie at 2007-01-26 19:08 (UTC) (Link)
Hi Natz! I had no idea you were over here... mind if I friend you?

Thanks so much for the support, it's always really nice to hear when people are enjoying my pieces! ::hugs::
Wanderings  of an artist
nutnatz at 2007-01-26 19:48 (UTC) (Link)
Hello there! I had no idea you were on LJ either. Isn't that odd? Well sure thing. I'll friend you right away.
risiepookie at 2007-01-27 00:48 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, please do! ::claps:: Yay! And, actually, I'm new over here (only since January), so that might be why you didn't know. It wasn't in my profile on TQP until a couple weeks ago. :o)
i_m_b00 at 2007-01-25 17:45 (UTC) (Link)
I read if a man answers but I had no clue she had others stuff... will read thanks!
risiepookie at 2007-01-26 19:20 (UTC) (Link)
Hi there! I just wanted to say thanks for reading If a Man Answers- and thanks, in advance, if you read any of my other pieces. It it truly appreciated! ::hugs::
risiepookie at 2007-01-26 19:06 (UTC) (Link)

Wow, wow, WOW!

I'm speechless! Okay, that's not true- I'm overflowing with emotions!

I'm not around LJ for one day and look what I could have missed! ::squee:: I've never been pimped before! I have to say I'm quite excited!!! Thank you so much for your never-ending support and the kindness you continue to show me. Words cannot even begin to express the gratitude, friendship, and love I feel for you, which only increases the more time we know each other. (psst! Check out the new icon. ::wink::)

I actually started crying (good tears!) when I read your post; it is so flattering of the pieces I have written thus far. I'm pleased beyond words that you are connecting with the fics, despite the depth of despair that they go into, and that you are embracing the real emotion in them. Truly, there is no bigger compliment to me than when an author I admire (and adore in this case!) takes the time to read my fics and then enjoys them. I feel very honoured to have you as a reader, as a reviewer, and as a friend.

Again, thank you so much!

::many, many cuddly hugs and kisses::
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-01-26 19:23 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Wow, wow, WOW!

Oh, sweetie, the lovin' you got from me here, you got the old-fashioned way. You earned it with solid good writing, and genuinely fearless commitment to telling these stories honestly.

I love good old-fashioned fluff and smut as much as the next bloke, and probably considerably more, but stories ought usually to be about more than that. And the good ones, the best ones, are generally about people being hurt, because it is in how we face these hurts, how we learn to live with them, to overcome them, or just to accept them as our own, is how we show our truest selves.

These were themes I fumbled with in "Harry Potter and the Unwinnable Fight," which treads some common ground with "If a Man Answers." And they are clearly themes that you're wrestling with as well. Too many writers won't look things like this in the eye, and I give you a World of props that you're willing to do so.
thrihyrne at 2007-01-26 20:13 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Wow, wow, WOW!

I'm just so glad that I've beta'ed for both you and Risie. Had I not, I suspect I wouldn't have gotten to know you, being the primarily slash woman that I am. You are both lovely people, and I'm very pleased that you've discovered each other and each other's writings.

::feels all warm and comforted, despite the weather::
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-01-26 20:34 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Wow, wow, WOW!

Thanks, pal! Because I daresay I speak for Risie when I say that none of those stories, hers or mine, would have been half that good without your help and hard work.
thrihyrne at 2007-01-26 21:40 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Wow, wow, WOW!

Oh, goodness. :blush: All I do is help you polish. Both of your writings are quite strong on their own; we all just get to go to the next level when someone else looks at our stories and gives an additional perspective. I am honored to have had the opportunities to work with both of you.
risiepookie at 2007-01-27 01:03 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Wow, wow, WOW!

The honour is all ours my dear. You may think "all [you] do it help [me] polish", but you definitely make it shine! I agree with the perspective thing though- there are just some things you can't see on your own. ::hugs::
risiepookie at 2007-01-27 01:01 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Wow, wow, WOW!

you definitely can speak for me on this, though I'll throw my two-cents in as well... I know, beyond the shadow of doubt, that mine would not have made it off the ground if it wasn't for the fantastic work and encouragement Thevina showed me. You can tell we both know a great beta when we see one and cherish the work you've accomplished with us. ::hugs::
risiepookie at 2007-01-27 00:59 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Wow, wow, WOW!

I'm so glad you picked up my story too! I know I've said this (either in email or on the phone), but I was amazed you grabbed mine, knowing R/Hr wasn't your thing. I'm so thrilled you did, because I got an awesome beta and a wonderful friend out of it! :o) Definitely gives me warm fuzzies to think about both of you.

::hugs all around::
risiepookie at 2007-01-27 00:56 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Wow, wow, WOW!

Well, I truly do thank you for it. It's nice to hear that my writing is "solid and fearless", because I have to tell you, I get very nervous when new chapters go up.

And I totally agree with you- smut and fluff is fantastic and I'll never turn it away. However, the stories that stick with me the most are those that have real, deep, raw emotions and broken characters learning to live and overcome circumstance and choices (theirs and others).

Just for the record, you didn't "fumble" with these themes- you absolutely thrummed with them, and they thrived under you. It's hard to write provocative, heavy material and have people want to keep reading- I was on the edge of my seat almost the entire time I read Unwinnable Fight.

::hugs and love::
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-01-27 01:08 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Wow, wow, WOW!

It's nice to hear that my writing is "solid and fearless", because I have to tell you, I get very nervous when new chapters go up.

You may be nervous when the chapters go up, but they do go up, and they confront the very core issues, and look them square in the face. I look back at the end of "Unwinnable Fight," then at "If a Man ANswers," and I can see how I blinked and backed off. You kicked my ass there.
risiepookie at 2007-01-27 01:56 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Wow, wow, WOW!

Well, there's still a lot to come for If a Man Answers, so hopefully I'll not back down either. There's a very fine line there, I think. I want you to know I didn't think you backed off at the end. I think the fic was super long to begin with and you needed to find an end point. There is nothing less than respectable about "Unwinnable Fight", or its ending. Of course, if you wanted, you could write missing scenes of those two months in between. ::shrugs::

I hope I'm up to the emotional challenge of not backing down! Thanks for the vote of confidence!

hpaa at 2007-01-27 00:33 (UTC) (Link)
Ive read her stuff too.. Its Great... she is dealing with really tough topics here... and doing a good job of it...
risiepookie at 2007-01-27 01:11 (UTC) (Link)
Hi there! I've crossed your path over at TQP. Thanks so much for your kind words. Mind if I friend you? :o) ::hugs::
hpaa at 2007-01-27 01:17 (UTC) (Link)
Not At All... am gonna friend you right now.
risiepookie at 2007-01-27 01:38 (UTC) (Link)
Aw, thanks! :o) ::happy dance for new friend::
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