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Rea commented on Chapter 37: Hit Submit on May 14, 2022 05:31pm Liked

Ooh man, this story was so good! It was Buffy and Spike but it was a different, original, version of Buffy and Spike and that worked so well in this scenario. After reading a couple of stories that didn’t keep my interest so well, this one had me completely and utterly hooked. Other obligations that required my attention? Phhst, reading this was more important. 

I liked that there was angst, there were communication issues, there were plenty of insecurities, but the characters resolved them without resorting to turning their backs on each other. I also greatly appreciated the amount of thought that went into the plot and how it was the plot that drove the NC17 scenes rather than the other way around. 

I will admit that it took me an embarrassingly long time (somewhere in chapter two!) before I had my lightbulb moment and realised that Mike and Susan are from Desperate Housewives. I really enjoyed their addition as characters. m They added another dimension to the story and complemented the other characters really well. 

I see that you wrote another fic based on the same prompt. I’m going to have to read that one soon (after I’ve read something completely different first). I’m looking forward to returning to your works!

 

Author's Response on May 15, 2022 09:46pm

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on the story! It means a lot to me to hear from readers and helps me know what people enjoy. It's also pretty fun to hear that someone found my story a "page-turner"! There is no better compliment than that!

These are great characters to work with because there is enough dimension to them to take them in many different directions without losing their essence. They are really fun to write for. 

I'm happy that you enjoyed my approach to sex, as being part of the story/plot. I really find myself taken out of a story when sex is kind of just thrown in, or when they suddenly become superheroes with infinite endurance, skills, etc the minute they start taking clothing off. I guess by now you can tell I enjoy writing realistic fiction...because that is what I enjoy reading. I find it easier to lose myself in the story and relate to the characters and their situations. 

I'll be interested in hearing what you think of the other story written for this challenge. It's quite different! I'm actually working on the sequel to that one now, but it's been slow going. I know the pieces will fall into place though. 

 

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krebschen commented on Chapter 37: Hit Submit on March 24, 2022 06:44pm Liked

LOVE IT!
this is such a great and beautiful story.
a calm, soulful development of the relationship.
I'm reading it now for the 3rd time and I'm sure it won't be the last time. Love your other stories too hearts

Author's Response on March 25, 2022 12:19pm

Thank you so much for your comment, it's lovely to know that my stories are bringing joy to readers. It definitely makes the effort well worth it. 

I've been doing quite a bit of writing lately and plan to focus on the sequel to Blank Check during the month of April. 

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Stephaniem191 commented on Chapter 37: Hit Submit on March 18, 2022 02:22am Liked

This was such a cute, fun story! I loved it all!

Author's Response on March 18, 2022 05:12pm

Thank you so much for taking the time to comment! I'm so glad you enjoyed the story. It's nice to know it's bringing a little happy into people's lives. Have a great day! flowers

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honeygirl51885 commented on Chapter 37: Hit Submit on October 16, 2021 02:05pm Liked

This was such a warm snuggly ending!  I loved it and I’m so happy for them, but at the same time I’m sad to say goodbye.  It’s been awhile since I’ve read a story this long.  Been reading ones less than 100,000 words and I forgot how invested and attached to the characters you get when you read something this long.  Totally worth it though!

Brava!  It was a wonderful read and I enjoyed it so much!  bravo

Author's Response on October 16, 2021 12:05pm

I'm so glad you enjoyed the story enough to stick with it till the end. I do realize what an investment of time, energy and emotion a long story can be. It's weird when a book comes to an end when I've been working on it a long time and living and breathing the story and characters. It's kind of like coming out of a movie theater on a Sunny day and being surprised by the light and the fact that the world you were just immersed in doesn't actually exist and you have to adjust to reality once again. 

Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) begins soon, and I plan to participate (in spite of having a short trip away for my birthday and a visit from my sister) And it sometimes feels like the hesitancy of getting into a relationship..like. oh boy, am I ready to devote my time and emotions to this? Am I ready to have my brain and heart hijacked? Am I cool with getting no sleep, ignoring calls from friends, wanting to rush home from appointments and hurry to get off the phone. And then to sit in front of my computer paralyzed wishing the words would come? 

Am I voluntarily giving myself over for 30 days to full immersion into another world with all its ups downs and uncertainties??? Hell YES!

It's a lot of work, but getting the story is worth it. 

I've really enjoyed reading your comments, and appreciate you taking the time to do so. I realize that is a commitment too. cheers

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honeygirl51885 commented on Chapter 36: The Persistent Power of Parents on October 16, 2021 12:58pm Liked

That was so terribly sad, but beautiful and romantic at the same time.  I was in a long distance relationship before so I totally understand the constantly thinking of leaving even when you’re together.  It’s awful, you can’t even enjoy your time together because you have this huge count down clock ticking away in your mind.

Only one chapter left.  I really have no clue where you’re going to go with this.  Will it just be Saturday?  Will we jump a year into the future?  Guess I’ll just click ahead and find out!!

Author's Response on October 16, 2021 11:59am

I've been in LDR too and I've decided life is too short. Unless it has a clear end date it's a no go for me. Of course I'm older now and time doesn't seem to stretch out forever the way it did, but I had an LDR when I was very young, and it sucked then too. Luckily it was only for a year. 

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honeygirl51885 commented on Chapter 35: Rules of Engagement on October 15, 2021 11:54pm Liked

I so wanted her to say yes, and when she didn’t I wanted her to go back into the bedroom, get the ring, and put it back on.  Although, she wouldn’t have know where it was since he put it on the angel.  I get her shock and hesitancy, but I just so wanted her to jump in and say who cares!!

There’s only two chapters left.  I’m super curious how this is all going wrap up!

Author's Response on October 16, 2021 11:56am

I told a girl I can start right away
And she said, "listen, babe, I got something to say
I got no car and it's breaking my heart
But I've found a driver and that's a start
 
Baby, you can drive my car
Yes, I'm gonna be a star
Baby, you can drive my car
And maybe I'll love you"

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honeygirl51885 commented on Chapter 34: To The Victor Goes The Spoils on October 15, 2021 10:28pm Liked

Such a lovely evening!  Buffy did so well at the event and I loved Spike and Mike’s presentation.  Very funny and very much an awards show routine, especially when Harmony came out!  I don’t blame Buffy for wanting to sample all the food and drink, I’d be right there with her.  I love ordering lots of food and having a bit of everything!

That dancing scene was just so beautiful.  I love how much Mike and Susan love Buffy and think she is good for Spike.  That makes it so much better when you’re in with the friends and they actually like you.  The coming home bit was the best though.  I enjoy seeing this intimate comfort they have with each other, it’s just wonderful!!

Author's Response on October 16, 2021 11:34am

It was so nice to find out that she can, indeed, deal with his world. That's an extra responsibility that most of us don't have to think about. Other than the office Christmas party or yearly picnic, we don't usually have to contend with our partner's work world and reputation. And I agree, it really is lovely when you get along with each other's friends and things fall into place. We all need that larger sense of community and for our relationship to be an asset in our lives rather than a liability. I just hope that ultimately Buffy's friends will embrace Spike to the same degree.

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honeygirl51885 commented on Chapter 33: Puttin On The Ritz on October 15, 2021 09:10am Liked

Squee!!  This is so exciting!  I can’t wait for them to hit the red carpet!  I loved this getting ready chapter, especially Spike fixing Buffy’s boobs!  haha  Ugh, it just sucks they won’t be able to do anything except hold hands until the night is over.  The fan photo is gorgeous and really provides a nice visual of this exciting night!

Author's Response on October 16, 2021 11:30am

It was so touching to me that people cared for the characters enough to help out by finding photos and making manipulations to go with the story! And it was a gift to the other readers as well to be able to"see" the special event. Really added to the excitement and atmosphere. I love this community, because we share so much and are invested in the success of one another. We care about our Spuffy, but also about one another, and creating a great experience for all readers, writers and "lurkers"

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honeygirl51885 commented on Chapter 32: Friends and Lovers on October 14, 2021 10:26pm Liked

I love that they both got the chance to talk out their feelings to people who could appreciate it all.  Mike is so great for Spike and he really helps him see that when you know, you know; time doesn’t matter.  And, finally Buffy got her justly deserved super excited friend reaction, even though her coworkers aren’t her really close friends.  That is what she’s needed from the beginning and it just really feels awful that she hasn’t gotten even close to that from her crew.  I’m so excited for Spike to see Buffy in her gown!! biggrin

Author's Response on October 14, 2021 06:47pm

Friends keep us sane...by listening to us and telling us when our thinking is INSANE. And yup, we all need people who cheer for us too. 

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honeygirl51885 commented on Chapter 31: Reconnecting on October 14, 2021 09:39pm Liked

I’m very disappointed in Willow amd Tara, but mostly Willow.  I think they are being very closed minded and are letting their caution over Spuffy’s relationship get in the way of their friendship with Buffy.  Yes, she’s spending a lot of time with Spike and doing new things, but I feel like they’re being very judgmental.  I get they’re just worried, but Buffy is fully in, so they might as well get on board or else they’re really gonna damage their relationship.

Ahh, Spike’s home!  Yay!  I wish these two would just both say what they’re thinking.  They want to be married and living together in a nice house and be thinking about kids, but they’re too damned worried they’ll freak the other one out.  facepalm

Author's Response on October 14, 2021 06:45pm

I hear that once upon a time, people dated in order to find a life partner. Now the rules are quite different and people are afraid to admit they want commitment of any kind, let alone marriage, kids, and a mortgage. It's also tricky because Spike is older and surely if he DID want "all that" he would have already had it with someone...

My last two boyfriends have never been married, and one of them had never even lived with a woman before. My current boyfriend and I live in our own homes, we're in this for the long haul, but we also like having our own space. We're just lucky that we are on the same page with that.

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honeygirl51885 commented on Chapter 30: The Distance Between Us on October 14, 2021 02:18pm Liked

Aww, that sweet ending more than made up for the angst of the last chapter.  I love that Buffy wants to wear the necklace that Spike gave her to the Emmys.  I hope they have fun together and can just bask in each other and not have to worry about anything. 

Author's Response on October 14, 2021 06:37pm

Finding a picture of that necklace kept me and a friend very happy doing our research! On my recent trip to Santa Fe I did get an antique Navajo ring and bracelet that I wear 24/7. 

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honeygirl51885 commented on Chapter 29; Headaches and Heartaches on October 14, 2021 09:49am Liked

Well, this just sucks!!  I was super worried that Spike was going to be so far gone one of those girls was gonna sneak home with him.  So, I’m relieved that didn’t happen.

I’m not really all that put off by Tara’s information.  I mean Spike has said he’s slept with a lot of woman.  I certainly doubt he’s able to remember them all nor does he want to have any future relationship with them.  He himself has said it was about having a good time and moving on.  I can certainly see and understand why Buffy is having a tailspin now, but I think this is all being blown out of proportion.  I just hope Spike will be able to calmly explain everything to her, because I can also see him getting pissed for her doubting him.  I guess we’ll see.  thinking

Author's Response on October 14, 2021 06:35pm

This was one of those situations where art imitates life and then life imitates art. When I was writing this part of the story I was getting involved with my current boyfriend, who lived um...a very different life once upon a time. I married  young and was raising my kids. He never married and partied all the time. Life caught up with us and we got into recovery for substance abuse, and some years later started dating. 

I didn't ask him how many people he'd been with, because I was pretty sure I didn't want to know. In recovery both of us had turned our lives, and behavior around, and the past was the past, was the past. After we'd been together awhile, someone else in the program thought they needed to tell me that he was quite the playboy "back in the day", meaning in the early part of his recovery. 

Hmm...now what was I supposed to do with THAT information? And should I give it weight or trust the man I have come to know? Luckily it came when I was older and had more experience than Buffy and I had been with him for a few years already. Poor Buffy, this is still new to her, and everywhere she turns there is some new issue to be dealt with. 

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honeygirl51885 commented on Chapter 28: Passport and Visa on October 13, 2021 11:15pm Liked

Ohh, I love the dress!  That is going to look stunning on Buffy and Spike’s going to lose it when he sees her!!  drool  I loved the strawberry cream puff line, that she didn’t know what to make of it that she reminded Spike of a cream puff!  I so hope this awards event goes well for them.  I’m sure she’s going to be so nervous. 

Author's Response on October 14, 2021 06:26pm

I'll be honest, I was nervous writing about such a bit event, I did as much research as I could, and asked a lot of people for input. But this is what is so great about being a writer, it takes you to different worlds and gives you a great reason to learn about all kinds of things. That's part of the fun

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honeygirl51885 commented on Chapter 27: Home Is Where the Heart Is on October 13, 2021 05:22pm Liked

Things are progressing so nicely.  They’re taking supplies to each other’s homes and have more regular visits scheduled.  I hope Buffy does get to go out to London when Spike is there filming.  Although, I think that he was on the phone with Dru when Buffy walked in and he hung up.  I mean there has to be a little drama, right?!?!

Author's Response on October 14, 2021 06:14pm

Yup, there has to be some drama to keep things chugging along, and readers reading, but I appreciate not having to have a monster of the week, and BIG bad every season and some complicated character arc. 

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honeygirl51885 commented on Chapter 26: Another Perfect Wonder on October 13, 2021 11:00am Liked

Lovely chapter!  hug  I adore it when they are so tender and gentle with each other.  I think they should both go and get tested together as a couple and then they can be together 100% with nothing between them!

Author's Response on October 14, 2021 06:10pm

It's telling how people handle this issue in a new relationship. Like are they cool with it, or do they take offense, like "How could you think I'm not clean!" or whatever. It's was a challenge at first for me to write about birth control, condoms, STD's etc. That was my own leftovers from how I was raised...nice girls don't talk about that and the only man you'll ever have sex with is your husband. 

I've come to appreciate the value of being human with one another, not trying to sweep our uncomfortable humanity under the rug. Honestly, my writing has helped me address and resolve a lot of issues over the decades. Gave me a way to examine various issues from a number of perspectives and see what worked for the characters and what didn't. 

After my marriage broke up and I started seeing other people, the experiences of my many characters came in handy!

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honeygirl51885 commented on Chapter 25: Just Another Good Vibration on October 13, 2021 09:28am Liked

Fun times at the concert!  I’m glad they didn’t have to deal with any crazy fans that would ruin the night.  I love your Dawn.  She’s very carefree and really brings a lot of energy to the group.  Looking forward to Spuffy finally getting their time together!!

Author's Response on October 14, 2021 06:01pm

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honeygirl51885 commented on Chapter 24: Whipped Cream and Other Delights on October 12, 2021 09:29am Liked

Super fun pre-show entertainment!  Sure beats the opening act.  wink  I’m excited to see what kind of seats Spike was able to score for them for the concert and secretly hoping Dawn will be flying high and want to spend the night with Xander or stay at Willow and Tara’s.  Then Spuffy can get some much deserved time alone!!!

Author's Response on October 14, 2021 05:59pm

I'm glad this chapter worked and didn't feel too contrived. How do you feel about Dawn/Xander in general? Are you a fan of the comics? I have read a few random issues, but don't follow the story of the comics much. I just hear people talk about them. I'm not opposed to them as a couple, but I want more for them, like I really want the characters to break free, meet some new people, not stay in this cocoon. 

Of course in this story they aren't all tied together by the supernatural and the secret of Buffy being the Slayer...

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honeygirl51885 commented on Chapter 23: Great Expectations on October 12, 2021 12:24am Liked

The Dawn/Spike bonding time was excellent.  It’s so funny how the the addition of one character can change the whole dynamic.  When I’m reading the chapters that are mostly just Spuffy they flow like a gentle stream.  This chapter was so funny and fast paced with the addition of Dawn, I loved it!!

I was worried about the kids talk.  I figured Buffy would want kids, but Spike is in his 40s, so i imagine he feels like that door is closing quickly.  Curious to see them have that discussion for real. 

Author's Response on October 14, 2021 05:55pm

I wasn't much of a fan of Dawn on the TV show, even though I could feel for her (and tried to cut her some slack) because of all she went through, they just wrote her as SO annoying. 

But I felt like the character had qualities that could be utilized, and that Buffy could really use a solid family connection. But things really changed for me when I wrote a long fic featuring Dawn as a main character. Since then I've been able to appreciate her for real. And of course Dawn and Spike always get along well, and I didn't want to lose that. 

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honeygirl51885 commented on Chapter 22: Delicate Deliberations on October 11, 2021 10:00pm Liked

hearts That pretty much sums up the ending to this chapter.  When it started I had so much anxiety for poor Buffy.  She was feeling so overwhelmed and no one was understanding her dilemma.  But this lovely bedroom scene was just perfect.  It was so tender and romantic and sexy and just dripping in love!  hug More, more, more!!

Author's Response on October 11, 2021 07:16pm

Yay! Glad you liked it. Payoff for the characters and the reader. We all need some sugar. 

Author's Response on October 11, 2021 07:16pm

Yay! Glad you liked it. Payoff for the characters and the reader. We all need some sugar. 

Author's Response on October 11, 2021 07:16pm

Yay! Glad you liked it. Payoff for the characters and the reader. We all need some sugar. 

Author's Response on October 11, 2021 07:17pm

Yay! Glad you liked it. Payoff for the characters and the reader. We all need some sugar. 

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honeygirl51885 commented on Chapter 21:Calculating Chemistry on October 11, 2021 04:17pm Liked

I really hope everyone is going to be cool at the concert.  They’re all still treating Buffy with kid gloves like she’s talking about Spike as if he’s made up or she’s delusional about their level of commitment.  I get the whole being cautious thing and the fact that they haven’t met him, but it is getting a wee bit upsetting hearing how reserved they are when she talks about him.  That, or telling her to take advantage of the situation and milk it for all it’s worth.  Fingers crossed everyone stays in line and they all have a great time with each other. 

Author's Response on October 11, 2021 04:42pm

Ah yes, the stage in the relationship where worlds collide! It's one thing when the relationship is its own little world, but tricky business to see if it can fit in with the rest of our lives. Looking back, I am SO glad I am past all those "firsts" and messy bits meeting family and friends and dealing with people's comments and looks. It's like, you just work out that the two of you are ok, and now there's a new gauntlet to run. Spike really hit it out of the ballpark though, being able to get tickets to an event they are so stoked about. Ought to earn him some brownie points for sure. 

honeygirl51885 Replied on October 11, 2021 06:47pm

I know, right!  I wonder where he got that idea?!?!  thinking

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honeygirl51885 commented on Chapter 20: Official..but not Facebook Official on October 11, 2021 10:39am Liked

Such a lovely evening together.  I’m glad he didn’t accept any photo offers while he was out with Buffy.  That always annoys me when you see people going up to celebrities when they’re trying to have a night out.  I mean I know the fans make them and they wouldn’t have a livelihood if it weren’t for them, but who wants to be interrupted when they’re trying to eat dinner or romance their date?!?!

I loved the bill scene.  I know it’s so tempting for him to pay it off and part of me wants him too, but it’s not right.  Why doesn’t he come up with a set job for her that pays ten thousand, then he can take care of two birds with one stone; seeing Buffy and getting her money to pay off her loan.

Can I just say how happy I am that she is so openly saying “I love you,” now?  And he is so totally there too, just needs a bit more confidence.  Oh, and the exclusive talk was brilliant, along with establishing that neither of them have been with anyone since Santa Fe!  I love it!!  hug

Author's Response on October 11, 2021 04:38pm

Yeah, people don't honor celebrities having business hours, and down time. They are expected to always be "on" always be entertaining, on call, and available. 

I know that in my current relationship, before we got to saying "I love you's" I was SO there, but didn't feel like I could say it yet and felt like I'd pop from the pressure building up inside. 

I know some people aren't brought up saying ILU, or aren't comfortable, and people say that actions speak louder and all that, but honestly I couldn't be in a long term relationship with someone who couldn't/didn't say "I love you" I need the words. After I heard my boyfriend on the phone with family and saying ILU with his sisters and father, I thought well...he must not love me because he has no problem saying the words. I nearly broke up with him. 

We ended up having one of those horrible, awkward, middle of the night conversations and I told him that I loved him but if he didn't know how he felt about me after all the time we'd been together, then it was time to move on. Turns out he did love me and a few weeks later I got it in writing in a Valentine's Day card. 

flowers

honeygirl51885 Replied on October 11, 2021 06:46pm

Aww, that’s a sweet story.  Yeah, some people can fall in and out of love so easily and have no problem saying it, but for others it’s a big deal and takes a lot of thought.  I haven’t been in a relationship in a very long time, and not looking to enter into one anytime soon.  If I did though, despite my horrible past relationship, I wouldn’t be an “I love you” hold out.  If you feel it, say it!!

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honeygirl51885 commented on Chapter 19: A Spoonful of Sugar on October 11, 2021 09:07am Liked

That was the sweetest thing!  I can’t believe she slipped in her “I love you,” and then he got completely twisted up on set.  That was just awesome!  Then when he called her back to say the “love” bit, Squee!  hearts 

Hmm, Dawn is being a bit leery, which I guess I get.  But still I was expecting her to be a bit happier.  So far everyone has just been big on the “have fun while you can,” and not really thinking this is real.  Again, I get it, but I can totally understand why Buffy wouldn’t want to run and tell these people all the details.  She has enough insecurities about this relationship, she doesn’t need any more. 

Author's Response on October 11, 2021 04:27pm

I think her friends and family are thinking of what they read in the tabloids and see on the internet...which is famous people playing changing partners in a seemingly endless loop. We hear far less about those who have been with a partner for decades, or have a partner who isn't a celebrity. They don't make good click bait. So I guess we have to forgive her friends, they are trying to be supportive...or think they are. 

It really sucks that she can't enjoy all her friends being happy for her though. It would be so nice if she could bask in all the happy. 

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honeygirl51885 commented on Chapter 18: The High Life on October 11, 2021 03:32am Liked

It was a sad ending, but there was so much happy in this chapter too.  I know Spike doesn’t mean anything bad in offering to cover Buffy’s bills, but he really needs to try to understand how that would make her, or anyone, feel.  While there are some people who like to be “kept,” those individuals are out trolling around for an in with someone who can give them a leg up.  Buffy is not that person.  She’s an independent hard worker who takes pride in her strong work ethic and responsibility.  I hope he accepts that and that she helps him to see her POV.  Sometimes our good intentions get in the way and we can’t see the damage we’re causing. 

Author's Response on October 11, 2021 04:22pm

The challenge for the story was an age difference, but as the story progressed, age barely mattered, it was the financial discrepancy and dealing with his celebrity status, and distance that really made things challenging. Isn't that just how life is? We think one thing is going to be a problem and get surprised by what we didn't see coming. 

It can be hard for a well meaning person to sense the difference between a hand up and a hand out, when they are really just trying to help. They are still so very much in the getting to know you stage, and I think it's inevitable that some toes will get stepped on and there will be misunderstandings, it's important to keep the faith and have a sense of humor, and to give things the time they need. 

It's so fun and interesting to read your comments! 

honeygirl51885 Replied on October 11, 2021 06:40pm

Oh, good I’m glad!  Yes, the money did turn out to be the hidden problem.  Even though Spike’s irritated by Buffy not being willing to take his money, I think on some level he respects her even more for it.  I mean that is very telling of a person’s character, whether they take your offer of money at the drop of a hat or stand on the principals of pride and independence.  Speaking from personal experience on this.  I paid off an ex’s debt when I was younger with the understanding that he would pay me back.  It took literally no convincing and I didn’t get my money back.  Ahh, the foolish actions of a young person in love.  facepalm

Author's Response on October 11, 2021 07:25pm

I've definitely learned to never lend anything that I would be upset losing. 

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honeygirl51885 commented on Chapter 17: Namaste on October 11, 2021 02:40am Liked

Ohh, I love that she bailed on the job and I loved your descriptions of her feelings while there. She was just dripping with frustration and pent up rage.  I’m so glad she jumped on the opportunity to claim illness and hightail it off to see Spike.  Isn’t Alexa awesome!  I don’t have all the amenities Spike has, but it’s nice calling out a command and having it happen!  I hope their morning picks up right where they left off and I hope that Spike does confirm that he hasn’t been with anyone else.  I think that will make Buffy feel so much better about everything. 

Author's Response on October 11, 2021 04:17pm

My son has Alexa and I had fun with it when I was pet sitting my grandfurbabies. And I do love using Google assist in my car and with my phone. It reminds me of watching tv shows when I was a kid and the boss would press a button and tell the secretary what they wanted. We used to play office, and pretend the stapler was an intercom. We'd press it down and talk. So many things that were games and "wouldn't it be neat" things as kids are reality now! 

I admit that I had a lot of fun with Buffy moonlighting as a sales rep, it provided endless opportunities for absurd situations. 

honeygirl51885 Replied on October 11, 2021 06:33pm

Haha, that is great!  My thing as a kid was cash registers!  I loved pushing buttons!!!

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honeygirl51885 commented on Chapter 16: Bad Connections on October 10, 2021 12:24pm Liked

This is certainly an unexpected shift in dynamic.  Now Buffy is the one wanting to bail on the relationship and Spike is falling in deeper and deeper.  I really hope Buffy doesn’t make any rash decisions based on the social media pit she fell into.  She has to realize that Spike isn’t like that.  I’m sure it can be so overwhelming, wondering if you measure up to this lifestyle, but she can’t start judging herself and deciding that she comes up short.  Fingers crossed their day together goes ok and she doesn’t self sabotage. 

Author's Response on October 10, 2021 03:23pm

I hardly remember what we used to stir up a little conflict before social media came into being...I guess it was chat around the water cooler, the rumor mill, phone calls from a jealous ex, the heartbreak of psoriasis? 

Here comes the real challenge, can she tease apart Spike the person from the celebrity persona that is a normal and unfortunately necessary part of his life, and can she handle being part of it. I'm recalling a recent story I read online "Winning the Lottery Ruined My Life!". It wasn't the winning, it was all the stuff that came with it that was the problem. 

I read the article but was still thinking..."I'd like to take a shot at it!" 

honeygirl51885 Replied on October 11, 2021 06:31pm

I know!  I personally don’t do the social media thing.  I have a fb account, but I literally only get on the EF and Spuffy Fan Art groups!!!

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honeygirl51885 commented on Chapter 15: Broken Places on October 10, 2021 11:39am Liked

Mmm, it’s always these little moments that speak the loudest.  The pool party was wonderful, but the two of them just taking on the phone when he isn’t feeling well means so much more.  She’s the one who he wants to be with when he’s not at his best.  And, she got to slip in her “I love you.” hearts  Now, will he have heard it, or was he dead to the world???

Author's Response on October 10, 2021 03:18pm

Yes, you're right, it's telling about who we want with us when we pretty much want to be alone...but not really alone. 

 

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honeygirl51885 commented on Chapter 14: Acts of Faith on October 09, 2021 10:23pm Liked

Squee is a good word for this chapter!!!  I love this slow burn and building of their relationship.  I love the nicknames they want to use for each other, and I hope they do.  And, I loved that last but with Buffy hanging the angel, calling it Michael, and talking to her mom about Spike!  So many good feels for all of this.  Now, I’m just so hoping we get to stay in this blissful happiness for a bit longer before things inevitably go pear shaped. 

Author's Response on October 10, 2021 03:16pm

My mother (well, both my parents) passed in Jan from Covid. So now when I write, I'll have a better understanding of having a mother on the other side. But grief takes time and I don't think I'm at the point where I talk to mine. I have wondered a time or two if she sent some ache or pain my way so she could say "told you so!" and so very many times I think..."I need to call my parents and tell them!" and then remember, they aren't there. 

On the other hand, I guess I have a more direct line to them than ever. But I sort of feel that I want to leave them alone for a little while to rest, adjust, and get settled. They earned it. While I was in Santa Fe I did light some candles (my family of origin is Catholic) at a chapel there for the four family members we lost recently, and I did get a sense of them appreciating it.

I bought a new car this summer with my inheritance and one of the first things I did was go out and buy a carved crystal angel for it. I retired my Chimayo wooden angel from my old car and it's now hanging over my kitchen sink.

honeygirl51885 Replied on October 11, 2021 06:29pm

I’m so sorry for you loss!

I’m not sure I’m the talking to someone who has passed type of person.  Though I know many people who are, including some family members.  I have my beliefs and I definitely think there are signs and that things happen for a reason.  I’m so glad your faith has been able to bring you some comfort during your difficult time. 

Author's Response on October 11, 2021 07:23pm

Thank you, it's been weird because my parents were SO Catholic and I'm so not, and I wondered if they would be unreachable to me. 

I can't say I've really felt like I've gotten any contact from them. 

Strangely I do have a dead friend who I visit at the cemetery and sometimes pour my heart out to. 

I'm kind of a whatever works kind of person

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honeygirl51885 commented on Chapter 13: Things Go Swimmingly on October 09, 2021 08:32pm Liked

Great party!  I’m so glad she fit in well with Spike’s friends and felt comfortable interacting with them.  There is nothing worse than going to a party and not knowing anyone.  Spike was also very attentive which was nice.  I really like Mike.  He is so fun and he and Spike have great chemistry.  I’m sure Susan is great too.  The four of them together on a double date or a game night would be awesome!!  I guess Buffy won’t be spending the night though.  I get the rule, but major bummer!

Author's Response on October 10, 2021 03:09pm

Aww, glad you are enjoying the characters. In this day and age where angsty, snarky, sarcastic and wicked are all the rage I find out I have a Hallmark channel streak in me and want characters who are fun and nice and who you'd like to hang out with. Sure, they might not help you hide the body after you kill your ex, but 99% of the time they're the best friend a person could have. 

I'm really not joking here either. The last several book reviews (not here, on Amazon) I complained that too many (sometimes ALL) and usually the main character, were just not likeable AT ALL. I want to have someone to cheer for, to make me smile and say "aw shucks". So it's refreshingly wonderful to find out that some other people do too!

honeygirl51885 Replied on October 11, 2021 06:21pm

Oh yes, I need to like and be able to root for my characters, at least in literature.  I can be a bit more flexible with TV.  I’ve watched some really good psychological thrillers (and a comedy) where the characters are just awful people, but the stories are so good.  Reading for me is more intimate and I form a connection with the characters, so I really need to be able to relate to them on some level. 

Author's Response on October 11, 2021 07:20pm

As an author I have to like my characters, even when they are acting badly I try to understand why and believe they can come around. I don't always agree with them but I have to feel a connection... especially if I'm going to write 275K words about them

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honeygirl51885 commented on Chapter 12: Listening to Friends on October 09, 2021 07:39pm Liked

I loved Spike’s confusion and irritation over Buffy’s interpretation of his “I’m sorry,” text!!!  Though he’s certainly getting her back with this pool party invite!  A last minute invite to a a party where the attire is a swimsuit is not high on my list!  You captured her frantic state of mind perfectly and sending Willow to the rescue was genius!  I loved that she had her Google pool party hair!!  haha

Aww, Jerry’s back!  Yay!  He’s really good for them.  I hope he has more appearances down the rode. 

Author's Response on October 10, 2021 03:05pm

It's funny how hard we try sometimes, to make it look like we don't care, because we care so darn much. "Pool party you say? Sure, why not?" Googles how to lose 15 pounds in 20 minutes. 

Glad you like Jerry. He's a combination of guardian angel, narrator and peanut gallery!

honeygirl51885 Replied on October 11, 2021 06:16pm

Haha!  Yes to all of this, especially the Googling!! biggrin

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honeygirl51885 commented on Chapter 11: Feeling Raw on October 09, 2021 06:42pm Liked

Well, this chapter had everything!  Irritation with Spike for calling her up and just expecting that she’d be at his meet and greet, fawning all over him, and available for lunch at the drop of a hat when he hasn’t reached out to her in a month.  Excitement for Buffy getting ready for her date and basking in their easy camaraderie on said date.  Then back to irritation again when he says they can’t do this.  Seriously!  If you were just going to cut her sails, why did you even call her up?!?!  You saw how much effort she put into tonight!  He better do a lot of soul searching and come to the right conclusion.  But given I’m only like a third of the way through this, I’m thinking that’s not gonna happen!

At least there are wise old drivers to offer advice.  Here’s hoping he takes it!

Author's Response on October 10, 2021 03:02pm

I think a line we used to hear in old TV shows applies here. "What are you doing Spike? You big dope!"

This is the point where you want to throw the book at the wall and scream out loud, but you realize it's on your computer not a paperback and have to refrain from throwing it at the wall, and scream twice as loud instead! 

 

THE BIG DOPE

honeygirl51885 Replied on October 11, 2021 06:15pm

This made me chuckle!!  I read on my phone, so just as important not to throw it at the wall!!!haha

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