At long last, chapter 8 is finished! The Patreon poll will be live shortly after this blog is up. Thank you for waiting for the chapter. Hopefully it gives you all joy.
**As always, spoilers ahead beyond this point**
I’m always nervous posting chapters that are a bit lighter on the sex. Whether it be less sex content per chapter, or just that it’s lower-stakes, like a simple cunnilingus/blowjob session or dream sex or something. That said, I reassured myself with this chapter in particular, because I got to write the date between Morgan and Quinn, which was something I thoroughly enjoyed.
To me, Morgan and Quinn have a wonderful dynamic and I love portraying the two of them. I haven’t felt such glee writing about a duo since I wrote about Adam and Nicole from Being More Social, to be frank. There’s not a doubt in my mind that Adam and Nicole are likely the power couple when it comes to my stories, and to be honest I doubt I’ll ever top their dynamic in the eyes of others. That said, a big part of this is due to how a dynamic comes across to the reader versus the author.
Shy kid with chronic anxiety and unpredictable bold tomboy are a classic fun pair in heterosexual erotica. The girl will take charge and prod the boy around, and also serve as the comic relief to his more serious coming-of-age moments. There’s a reason it’s a stereotype. The pairing really works. And it’s true, I have certain moments where I can feel the dynamic thoroughly, as if I’m in the room feeling the emotions they feel. The two moments in Being More Social in the church have a special place in my heart, more so than any other moments in the whole book. And it’s an erotica story. It’s possibly a bad sign that the erotic parts aren’t the parts that stuck with me the most.
I don’t know how this date came across to readers. While it’s less high-stakes, it still was enjoyable to write and felt like something here. I love Morgan’s dialogue because even though I know the plot in general, I “don’t know” what she says until she herself says it. And Morgan has a habit of saying a lot in few words that plays well to Quinn’s overthinking. Give Quinn too much stimulation and he overthinks everything. Yet during the date, he basically never got flustered due purely to something she said (key word, said). That’s super interesting, and super fun to write. Here’s a character with a clear flaw, and here’s someone who brings out the best in him and makes that flaw manageable. Is that not romance/erotica at its core, if we want to look at it coldly enough?
I worry that this is all in my head, though. I worry that the date came across as awkward and silly. And granted, it was awkward and silly (because first dates are). I guess I’m just seeing it for what it meant more than what it… was. Maybe I’m reaching. And maybe, as I implied earlier, that’s what I got from the situation but didn’t explore adequately through my words, and now it’s lost on viewers. I hope not.
Suffice it to say, Morgan and Quinn have a very cool dynamic and I hope I got that across in this chapter. If not, of course, let me know. I want these chapters, both in terms of their sex content and their deeper meanings, to come across well and be as enjoyable for you all as possible.
Before I close the blog off, I’m also working on a commission piece this upcoming month, which will be released very soon into the month. I’ve always been open to the concept of commissions as a quiet thing, though if support continues to increase, I may make the details of my commission rates and what one can expect from them public. This also depends on my job – right now, while the pandemic comes (hopefully) to a close in Canada, I’m working 12-hour days at my day job, but hopefully I’ll get reduced hours after the chapter is finished. Especially if support for my work goes up, that’ll just mean more time and energy spent on writing, which is what I want to do. I’ll talk to you all next week.