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Darn you, aliana1. This is entirely your fault.

Ali has a really nice discussion about STIs going on over at her blog. In my own comment (here) I discuss my own half-drafted story about Boromir's escapades with a chambermaid, which has gonorrhea as a plot element. It's really about power dynamics and where exactly you draw the line between consensual sex and rape in Middle-earth, and that's a big part of why I never finished it. It just felt too preachy, too much of an import of RL political concerns into fanfic.

But now I am thinking about it and am sorely tempted to dust it off and see if it's salvageable.

Most weeks that would be okay. But this week I really must work on my dissertation proposal, plus I have several blogging challenges coming up. And I have at least one story in the queue ahead of it to finish off. So this is really not the best time.

And yet... nuzgul.

P.S.: DO check out the thread. I'm sure Aliana would love your thoughts on STIs in Middle-earth, and you might find other folks' theories interesting, too. This topic may not feature that often in our fanfic, but that doesn't mean we writers haven't thought it through.

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aliana1
Jan. 28th, 2013 06:05 pm (UTC)
I had absolutely no idea that this topic would be such a hit. Guess my friends list is basically just as morbid as I am. ;)

But this week I really must work on my dissertation proposal...

I find that I tend to be most prolific in creative writing when I actually have academic writing that I'm supposed to be doing. Procrastination, thou art indeed a mighty wind.
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