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PostSubject: You set me straight   Mon Jul 01, 2013 4:41 pm

I don't know from whom my last review on fanfiction came, but the person made their point eloquently. The story in future will benefit from it and I'm just really sorry to have lost them. So if you were getting discouraged, please come back and give me another chance.
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PostSubject: Re: Stories by HelenWest   Mon Jul 01, 2013 5:53 pm

I'm sorry you got a review like that, Helen. Don't let it discourage you! Folks have done far worse to the boys because "we always hurt the ones we love".

A negative review like that should have been pm'd to you.

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PostSubject: Re: Stories by HelenWest   Mon Jul 01, 2013 5:55 pm

I just read that review.  Wow!  But also: Sheesh!  Whoever wrote it should have sent you a private message detailing her (I'm assuming the reader was female) concerns.  Clearly, that person has not read much ASJ fanfic because there are lots and lots of stories that do much worse to the boys than what you described in Chapter 56.  Also, that person must not be very familiar with what life actually was like in the 19th century, especially in a prison.

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Please don't feel bad about that review!  The writer was way out of line and what (s)he wrote was uncalled for in public.  You should absolutely continue to write the story however you see fit!  Don't be discouraged and don't let that person dissuade you from continuing the story.

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PostSubject: Re: Stories by HelenWest   Mon Jul 01, 2013 6:09 pm

Honestly, GE, and Penski, I think she's (I assume you are right there, but don't know) right. There was no private message - no need for one. I've been getting off base and I can see so much better and more creative possibilities by taking the story by a slightly different route to the same ending I was envisioning all along. I've been pushing it too far for drama and forgetting the wonderful fun of the guys together. I appreciate your support, but really I think everyone will be happier with the changes. I know that I will. There's plenty of tension left, I hope, but less overt violence. That was never what it was supposed to be about. And in case you wonder once I post the next chapter, the opening scene remains almost exactly as I originally envisioned it.
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PostSubject: Re: Stories by HelenWest   Wed Jul 03, 2013 8:36 pm

Well, here's goes nothing. The next chapter of Two Degrees of Separation, Chapter 57, is now up on fanfiction archives at:

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8993485/1/Two-Degrees-of-Separation-Part-II
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PostSubject: Re: Stories by HelenWest   Thu Jul 04, 2013 9:03 am

An historical error having been pointed out, I have revised chapter 57 slightly.
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PostSubject: Re: Stories by HelenWest   Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:00 am

Dear All-
The next chapter of Two Degrees of Separation, Part II, chapter 58, is now up on the fan fiction archives at:

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8993485/1/Two-Degrees-of-Separation-Part-II

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PostSubject: Re: Stories by HelenWest   Sun Jul 07, 2013 12:10 pm

Dear Helen,

I couldn't keep up with your story at the moment because I'm so very busy, so I've only just seen the comments mentioned earlier.  I do promise to get back to it when I have more time.    

All I can say is that you are the writer and should take the story where you want it to go.  If the person who wrote the comments wants a story to go in a certain way - well, they should flaming well write it themselves and risk public opinion!  Leaving a comment anonymously is bad form and rest assured that it does not reflect the majority of your readers. I also don't think there's anything wrong with a story going its own way.

Keep your chin up and keep writing.grouphug 

If it's any help, I can't wait to have time to see what all the fuss is about.  They do say there's no such thing as bad publicity, don't they? sm
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PostSubject: Re: Stories by HelenWest   Sun Jul 07, 2013 12:16 pm

Thanks, SilverKelpie, for the support! I'll look forward to your own comments.
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PostSubject: Chapter 39?   Sun Jul 07, 2013 2:36 pm

I have a question for you readers and writers. I've noticed that of all of the many chapters in Two Degrees of Separation, one is the hands-down favorite according to the read statistics on the fan fic archives. Since I like to make readers happy, I must ask. What is the deal with Chapter 39? Thanks for any clues! I'm guessing it's Heyes' wicked little trick he plays on a certain author, but maybe I'm wrong.
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PostSubject: Re: Stories by HelenWest   Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:09 pm

Dear All-
Here's one more chapter to Two Degrees of Separation, Part II, on the fan fiction archives, at:

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8993485/1/Two-Degrees-of-Separation-Part-II

That's chapter 59. I never had any idea there would be half so many.
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PostSubject: Re: Stories by HelenWest   Tue Jul 16, 2013 8:39 pm

Dear All-
I've just posted the next chapter of Two Degrees of Separation, Part II, on the fanfiction archives at: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8993485/1/Two-Degrees-of-Separation-Part-II

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PostSubject: Re: Stories by HelenWest   Sat Jul 20, 2013 4:21 pm

Hi All!
Next chapter's up for Two Degrees of Separation, Part II, on fanfiction archives at: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8993485/1/Two-Degrees-of-Separation-Part-II

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PostSubject: Re: Stories by HelenWest   Tue Jul 23, 2013 8:45 pm

The next chapter for Two Degrees of Separation, Part II, is up on the fan fiction archives at: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8993485/62/Two-Degrees-of-Separation-Part-II
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PostSubject: Re: Stories by HelenWest   Sun Jul 28, 2013 3:07 pm

RL intervenes big time, and largely in good ways, so I beg your patience. While most of my chapters were written a long time ago, some recent ones have required new work and I just don't have much time for that for the next few weeks and months. The next few chapters will go up, but slowly.
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PostSubject: Re: Stories by HelenWest   Sun Jul 28, 2013 3:28 pm

Thanks for letting us know, Helen!

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PostSubject: Re: Stories by HelenWest   Sun Jul 28, 2013 3:53 pm

I just want you to know that I won't give up on the story! RL comes first, but I don't want my fan fic folks to worry about me - or Heyes and the Kid!
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PostSubject: Re: Stories by HelenWest   Fri Aug 02, 2013 8:48 pm

Here's a new chapter for Two Degrees of Separation, Part II, posted on the fan fiction archives at: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8993485/1/Two-Degrees-of-Separation-Part-II

Enjoy! RL has to give way to a little emotional retreat now and then, you know.
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PostSubject: Re: Stories by HelenWest   Sat Aug 10, 2013 9:49 pm

Dear All-
Here's one more chapter, chapter 64, on Two Degrees of Separation, Part II, to be found on the fan fiction archives, here:
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8993485/1/Two-Degrees-of-Separation-Part-II
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PostSubject: Re: Stories by HelenWest   Thu Aug 22, 2013 8:47 pm

Took a RL break tonight to finish up this one. I mean this chapter. Chapter 65 of Two Degrees of Separation is now up on the fan fiction archives at: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8993485/1/Two-Degrees-of-Separation-Part-II

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PostSubject: Re: Stories by HelenWest   Sun Sep 01, 2013 9:42 pm

Happy Labor Day, Gang!
Here's a new chapter up on the fan fiction archives for Two Degrees of Separation, Part II:
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8993485/1/Two-Degrees-of-Separation-Part-II

This is chapter 66. Enjoy!
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PostSubject: Re: Stories by HelenWest   Wed Sep 04, 2013 8:01 pm

Dear All-
I wanted to let you know about some slight corrections I've made to some old chapters on the fan fic archives:

On Hannibal Heyes Goes to New York, I fixed chapter 10 - I corrected the list of states where Heyes was wanted:

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8878195/1/Hannibal-Heyes-Goes-to-New-York

And on Two Degrees of Separation, Part II, I fixed chapters 17, 39, and 66, mostly just typos but a couple of mild factual things:

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8993485/1/Two-Degrees-of-Separation-Part-II

I know that there are a ton more little things to fix, but I'll get to them as I can. I appreciate the people who've helped me to catch the most egregious ones.
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PostSubject: Re: Stories by HelenWest   Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:39 pm

HelenWest contacted me... Her next chapter to Two Degrees of Separation Part 2 has been postponed.

Besides having to move, her laptop officially died and she has to get a new one, learn the new software, and get back online. She's hoping she didn't lose any of the chapter she was writing. Oh, and she has a trip for work in a week.

She'll post again as soon as possible and thanks us for our patience.

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PostSubject: Re: Stories by HelenWest   Sun Sep 15, 2013 9:28 pm

Wow! That's a lot to deal with at one time. Let her know I sympathize. Hmm, if she ends up with Windows 8, I really sympathize. It has all sorts of quirks.

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PostSubject: Re: Stories by HelenWest   Mon Sep 16, 2013 4:43 pm

Whew,I can post here anyhow. But I somehow messed up my fan fix archives account so I ca't post on it or see messages or reviewed. I hope to solve it after I get my new computer on Wednesday or later. They changed my screen name when I changed my password. Thanks for sympathy! I will dig out eventually and get more chapters up by hook or by crook.
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