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Orbiting Jupiter and I, we will just have to agree to disagree.
She stresses that she’s really, really not a writer. And was mostly bewildered when she found out about the Goodreads popularity of her four completed stories: ‘It’s Like This’, ‘A Stage and A Bus’, ‘Blood Oranges’ and ‘Doorways and Windows’. It doesn’t matter that she doesn’t see herself as a writer though. As long as she keeps doing it! And that’s, uhm, exactly what she DIDN’T do!
You’ve been about the M/M romance block? You’re maybe getting a bit fed up with the same ol’, same ol’ tropes that are well-used in this genre? Well, you say, by now I could do without the homophobic parent to stir things up when the plot’s in danger of petering out. Or another shameless tearjerker of a coming out. And maybe stereotypical big bad alphas and vulnerable twinks get a bit much every now and then? Wow. Then you really want to take your telescope out and look up Jupiter in the starry night sky.
So imagine my luck when a friend pointed out ‘It’s Like This’ to me and it turned out to be one of those stories that simply struck a chord with me. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I adored everything about it and would reread it in a heartbeat (drop me a note if you’re in need of a buddy read partner in crime :)). The casual, amusing writing style, the fact that it’s not only character-driven rather than plot-driven, but that Jupiter’s characters — mostly teen boys — are deliciously quirky and flawed instead of bland muscular heroes. The wonderfully natural banter and turn of events, that occasionally make your heart swell or break, but never ever leave you with the impression that the author is playing one melodramatic card or another.
Quite the opposite really… You will find these type of authors’ notes underneath the chapters: “Another chapter to the plot-less story…I feel like I’m just kind of writing episodes instead of a story, but that’s okay” and “The end. I think. Maybe. Um. Yeah. So. This chapter is why I procrastinated on this story for so very, very long. Have a weird feeling that people might hate me for it”. These cute-as-a-button confessions feel strangely intimate when reading, like you’re part of the wobbly, but fabulous ride. Although it’s probably easy for me to say so. I wasn’t torn between hope and fear when reading the WIP! And who cares if her work might not be flawless when it comes to things as typos (I probably don’t even notice half of them, the advantages of not being a native speaker), the pacing of the plot and these brief, easily ignored blurbs that absolutely don’t do her books justice? Once again, I’m flabbergasted by how fantastic freefic can be. How much better and more original than a lot of the published stuff that’s out there.
But then Jupiter disappeared. Vanished. Her last story was published in 2009 and after that no one heard from her again. Before long I echoed the questions others had asked before me. Would she still be orbiting Jupiter? Moved on to a new authors’ name? Turned her back on writing altogether? (the horror). I even sent her a desperate email and…promptly got a reply! She’d been slacking! She’d been busy with real life! She was just getting back the vibe again and was planning on writing another chapter for ‘Better Now’. Now if only she could remember her password for Adult Fan Fiction…
Yup. So in a nutshell: Orbiting Jupiter writes adorable, hot and entertaining awesomesauce in book form that also happens to be FREE… and she’s resurfaced! Check back this month for an INTERVIEW with Orbiting Jupiter, in which we discuss her disappearance, upcoming projects and why ‘How It Is Now’ only consists of one tiny winy chapter, heh! In the meantime, you can find your homework below. ;)
Orbiting Jupiter on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4807995.Orbiting_Jupiter
Orbiting Jupiter’s completed stories on Adult Fan Fiction:
It’s Like This: http://original.adult-fanfiction.org/story.php?no=600096545
A Stage and A Bus: http://original.adultfanfiction.net/story.php?no=600091790
Blood Oranges: http://original.adultfanfiction.net/story.php?no=600092274
Doorways and Windows: http://original.adultfanfiction.net/story.php?no=600092424