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A question for all you lovely people.

I wanted to write a cross over with The Blue Castle because I can't trick anyone into doing it for me.

It's an LM Montgomery romance, set in Manitoba, Canada in the'20's. The main character is a 29 year old old maid who has never fit into her staid family. Then she finds out she's going to die and decides to live without fear.

Anyhoo, to make it work for guys you would have to move it forward in time and make the shame related to being sensitive and artistic and underemployed. And it's hard to figure out how to write the romantic lead.

I think the whole thing might work better as Femslash, actually because the romantic interest has a secret identity as a writer and so would be perfect as someone who is living as a man, while writing as a woman.

I mean it's perfect! Except I can't think of anyone from Merlin who could pass as a man? Any ideas? I'd kind of like for it to be Morgana, but she's so curvy. Mithian and Freya seem like they're really short? For it to work, this gal would have to pass. Although s/he would be living in the woods as a recluse... So maybe not. Thoughts?

Maybe I'm just crazy.

Date: 2016-01-25 05:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rotrude.livejournal.com
You should write what you feel inspired to write, imo. You can tell when a writer likes their story. By the way I'm currently reading one of yours and so far it's really great. (I'll comment properly on the A03 when I'm done."

Thoughts... Maybe she doesn't pass. People know it's a woman but everybody helps her maintain her cover so she can write on? Elena is one of my faves.

You have all my support!

Date: 2016-01-25 06:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rachelautumn.livejournal.com
Thank you for your support! It means a lot. And I know you were one of the people I prompted this to- along with the secret Santa people! You may be right that it doesn't matter whether the character truly passes. In the book, HE is a wealthy naer do well, who turned away from society because his father made all his money in patent medicines and his fiancee didn't respect him. He looks unemployed but secretly he writes a lot of transcendentalist stuff (you know, Canada) so I suppose if this person was just masculine and different they could be hiding out in the wilds for a different reason.

I'll mull that over! So excited you're reading something of mine. I'm reading a couple of yours,too, with pleasure :)

Date: 2016-01-25 07:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] polomonkey.livejournal.com
I think Elena would work too, she's a bit taller and you could kind of work in that whole "unladylike" thing about her canon character to good effect. Maybe Sophia too? But to be honest, if you want to write Morgana then go with Morgana! She could flatten down her curves and she's probably badass enough that people don't ask too many questions...

I'll definitely read this when it comes out! I never read The Blue Castle but I have read the Emily books and liked them.

Date: 2016-01-26 02:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rachelautumn.livejournal.com
Ok so I wrote a reply and it didn't show...so quick repeat:). My sisters and I loved those Emily books. The Blue Castle was my fave, though. I will take your advice to heart!

Date: 2016-01-27 09:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] camelittle.livejournal.com
Definitely go with your heart. I think there were and are plenty of women with curves and tiny women who passed as men :) Baggy trousers and shirts do a lot to hide things.

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