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23 June 2009 @ 07:48 pm
fic: tell them we're like magnets - author's notes  
And now, time for the unnecessarily long and rambling author's notes.

Wow, what a crazy trip it’s been! The first file for this story was created in July of 2008, just days after finishing Big Bang 2008, we must reinvent love. The actual first draft was started in February of 2009.

The story itself takes place between September and December of 2008, so while some of the pop culture references may not seem relevant now, they were then. Or something.

Just to give you an idea of how long this thing really is; it is nearly the exact same word count as Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. That is freaking insane. I had no idea it was actually THAT long. This is officially the longest thing I have ever written in my life.

I have an insane amount of people I need to thank before I start rambling. First off, I owe my first born to my beta, kamikaze_redux. She may be my best friend, but she is always honest with me. She always tells me if something needs work or if it could be better. She cheers me on when I need it and brings me back to earth when my head gets a little too big. She has faith in me. She’s truly awesome, dealing with everything I threw it at her and all the rapid-fire plot changes this story went through. The story that I wrote is not the story I planned on writing, and sometimes that can be a very good thing.

I must also give very special shout-out to finn21. She believes in me more than pretty much anyone. For some reason, she thinks I have this unwavering talent and she lets me ramble for hours on end about this crazy universe in my head. She makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something really awesome.

So many people have helped shape this story in one way or another. I can’t name them all. earthquakedream, likeknives, and biancathecookie were my go to girls on dorm life. ♥ twofourteen and waterofthemoon and the rest of CHAT were there when I just needed to ramble. ♥

Huge thanks to twofourteen for my awesome art! ILU ANNA.

And oh god, starweather, where do I start? She validates me by wanting to live in my world and making me truly amazing chibis of my boys being adorable. I love her so much. ♥

And now, onto the story. This thing was a blast to write, guys. It was an emotional rollercoaster most of the time, but an enjoyable one. I learned I am far too invested in these boys, but I can’t help it.

This is a story about growing up, and struggling to find out who you are as an adult without leaving the kid in you behind. It’s a story about love and friendship and how essential those things are. But mainly, it’s a story about pretty boys banging each other’s brains out, am I right? ;D

And, as always, this story and the entire 'verse remains a love letter to California. I love you, state, even if you’ve been kind of a douche lately.

Also, my sincerest apologies to Matt Nathanson. I didn’t mean to make you a character in fanfic, honestly. But you are too funny and adorable to resist! At least I just had you coo over adorable gay boys instead of read an excerpt from another romance novel on stage. Oh Matt, never change.

I also apologize to Josh Ackles and Jeff Padalecki. I don’t have any specific reason in mind but it probably needs to be said all the same.

Until next time!

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biancathecookie: Nonsexual OTPbiancathecookie on June 25th, 2009 05:42 am (UTC)
So this is like, the BEST THING EVER and would you LOOK AT THAT, THERE I AM IN THE NOTES. Seriously, oh my god woman. I laughed, I cried, I quoted obscene amounts at my roommates who just nodded at me, wondering when the nice men in white coats would get here to take me away....
Anyway, seriously amazing. You rock.
gone yesterdayfinn21 on June 26th, 2009 08:14 am (UTC)
So I'm getting ready for family to show up tomorrow so I haven't finished reading yet, I'm on part seven now. But I wanted to drop in here to say two things because I think you need to hear them.

One, you are an AMAZINGLY TALENTED WRITER, CARLY. And I will ALWAYS believe that no matter what. This whole 'verse is one of the best reading experiences I've ever had and were it a published work I would gladly pay money to have it in my possession. I think all writers have doubt about how good they are, but just know that I think there is no reason for you to doubt yourself. You're an incredible writer, one that will only get better with every passing day.

Two, I don't want this fic to ever end. I've already laughed and teared up about a hundred times and it's just - IT'S THE BEST THING EVER, OKAY! EVER EVER EVER! AND DON'T YOU FORGET IT, MISSY!!!
sisterminesistermine on July 7th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
Stayed up most of the night reading this 'verse and in the end had to copy it and take it to work, cos I couldn't leave it alone.

Compelling and totally absorbing, and yes I laughed and cried.
I thought the argument was particularly good and captured the way people say things and escalate, and how atmosphere changes instantly and the bottom drops out of the world. Also like dall the friends and family, and of course the generous amounts of sex - I think it's done something weird to my insides... yeh, sorry, TMI!