Got a few words for you guys, as well as some bitching, which I'll get out of the way superfast...
I can't believe it. Car trouble again. Considering the other stresses I'm dealing with in real life too, I'm about ready to go looking for puppy pooters to punt.
Just joking - if you haven't already figured it out, I adore animals and have never hurt a single one. I even bitch at people who crush snails and cockroaches, so I'm not about to go hurt a puppy.
Seriously though, this is getting a bit too much. I promised an update to a story, but my car broke down - and I won't say "again", because that's the thing: it's a new car - and that's left my laptop at some other bugger's house. Have to organize a way to get there again and recover all my stuff; was crashing there a few nights just to clear my head. Worked surprisingly well, but not well enough. Need a holiday. Ugh.
Now, folks, I won't take long, hopefully, to post something new. I'm going through a rough patch, etc, etc, but I'm not usually given to whining about it. If anything, it's testament to how bad it is because I never like bitching about it in journals usually. Furries that do that usually piss me off something terrible. So I won't dwell on this for too long.
I do have a few journals in the mix, including a few ones I promised from long ago. The "ask me anything" journal in particular is still floating around at the back of my head. Truth be told, the first two journals received... well, poor reception. The number of people who volunteered questions could be counted on a single hand, with one single guy providing the vast majority. I really wanted to generate discussion about my stories and get my fans involved, but it kind of fizzled. So most of the second part has been answered, I just haven't worked up the motivation to finish it off.
On a related note: I've actually been dropping hints about Tai's Story 2 in journals recently. Somewhat inadvertently, at first, but it's getting more deliberate. This is because I'm thinking about the story, researching and indulging in media that mirrors the themes, locations and so on, and then talking about that stuff in journals. I've already revealed several major themes and technically even the location of most of the story, and I'm probably going to be continuing that. ;)
Obviously, unless something major happens, I'll be moving onto TS2 when Astray is finished.
Also, looking at this fandom in general... is it me or are we extremely coy at discussing sexuality? For such an ostensibly open and apparently balls-out horny "subculture", I've heard more educated and honest discussion on the freakin' bus to work or even on public radio.
I'm considering delving into that a little. "Furries" alone are an interesting case study, let alone furries that indulge in countless other paraphilia - which is most of us, let's be fair. Chances are, if you read my stories alone, you've got an interest in a dozen other highly specific kinks, and yet nobody ever thinks to really analyse this, despite the fact you almost certainly would have the intelligence and maturity to discuss it if we did. Perhaps the "cub" aspect scares people into silence about everything else too, I don't know. Ironically, if there's one thing that truly needs discussion and understanding in the fandom (let alone elsewhere), it's that.
I generally avoid talking about sexuality here for two reasons. The first is that I don't want to be crass; even in a community like this, it's easy to scare people away with overt or distasteful focus on sexuality. This sleazy, mindless, slobbering sex-fiend focus is what deters most people from porn and/or most erotic writing to begin with, and I want to avoid that entirely, given that...
Two, my stories are not entirely about sex or for the purposes of titillation. So I try to not give the impression that that's all I'm here for.
But just as my stories are advocating understanding and open discussion of issues of sexuality (rights of gay youth for one example) amongst other things, there's no escaping the matter. I'm not about mindless indulgence in prurience without context, but I am about understanding it in context. So maybe we can stop being so coy about these things and take a look at them - they are, after all, part of what makes us human.
Also, pfft, it's an anonymous forum for most of y'all, so you've got nothing to lose. Not like I'll judge you.
Unless you say your biggest fetish is punching puppy anuses.