February 24th, 2009

Gypsy Fiddle

Progress

I don't think Gypsy Fiddle will be 100k words. I'll change the counter to 90k but aim for 80k minimum. This isn't Legacy of Olympus. *snicker*

80k's still pretty standard, isn't it?

I've mostly been concentrating on the story, only just now paused to think about my estimated word count.
Gypsy Fiddle

Gay themes?

Remembering a thread over on jpsorrow. A great portion of the plot in Gypsy Fiddle wouldn't work without the Kostyantyn/Dan relationship, one-sided as it is. This could be considered a 'gay theme', I suppose.

On the other hand, it would probably work if Dan were female. Or Kostyantyn were female. But then, the relationship itself may not be so one-sided. How would this affect the plot? It's an interesting thought, at least to me. [No, I'm not giving anybody a sex change, I'm just thinking out loud.]

Perhaps at some point I will do the Cliffs Notes remake of the story with a het pairing, just as an exercise to see how it would play out.

Another thing I need to revisit and possibly revise is Kostyantyn's reaction to learning Dan is gay. I keep forgetting they're in their early 20's and grew up in a slightly different generation than I did. Also, in a different culture. The only things that could explain him reacting strongly at all would be his individual upbringing, as his mom is very 'old country', or insecurity in his own sexuality. But that's something that'll work itself out later on.

Back to the actual writing part of all this.