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I thought it would be fun to create my first-ever lj poll. If you've read my fanfic series "Past Performance Is Not Necessarily A Guide," then I'd love it if you'd indulge me and click your way through this brief questionnaire. And please add any additional comments this poll provokes afterward. Cheers!

EDIT: THIS POLL IS STILL ACTIVE, and will be until further notice. Thanks for sharing your feedback.

Oh, and if you missed anything: Ch 1 | Ch 2 | Ch 3 | Ch 4 | Ch 5


Poll #628427 "Past Performance" fanfic feedback

Which chapter was your favorite?

1. If Looks Could Kill - intro
2. A Vulnerable Position - drunk lovin' at the pub
3. Already Messy - drunk lovin' at the hotel
4. Tomorrow Never Knows - anxiety sex dreams
5. Cill Me Now - the morning after
They all made me hot.

Whose point of view do you enjoy reading best?

I prefer to see things through Cillian's eyes.
I'd rather be Naomie, having my way with Cillian.
Either way it's good -- I like being a fly on the wall.

What do you like best about this series?

I read everything I can about Cillian Murphy. Love him!
I like that the story stays in a realistic, almost believable zone.
The sex is hot -- why else would I read this?!?
I'll tell you my favorite thing in a comment below.

In future chapters, I'd like to see...

More romance
More risk & kinkiness
More involving them shooting '28 days later' scenes
Conflict on the set as their secret comes out
Another sex partner for Cillian, Naomie or both together

My fanfic taste generally leans toward...

Anything well-written and hot

Do you read but not comment?

Yeah, I'm a little weirded out by publicly commenting on an NC-17 story.
Well, I'm not sure what I'm supposed to say -- I'm a reader, not a writer.
Nah, I love to squee.

I found this fic by way of...

A Cillian Murphy fan lj community
A slash or fanfic community
A friend's recommendation
Your pushy suggestion, silly!

How long should "Past Performance" be?

I think you're almost at the end if you want it to honor the realistic tone. Wrap it up & write another pairing.
Keep the affair going! They should buy some goddamn condoms and go for it!


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Dec. 7th, 2005 12:22 am (UTC)
Keep it going, girl!
Dec. 7th, 2005 02:55 am (UTC)
Thansk! Yeah, there's not really any danger that I won't continue in some form... :>
Dec. 8th, 2005 05:30 am (UTC)
I'm torn ... I love reading your writing, and your sex scenes are amazingly hot. But what I loved about the first chapter was the realism of it. I could really see it happening. And I think that's what's making me more and more uncomfortable as it continues and they get deeper and deeper into it. Because I can only see it ending badly, as affairs usually do. So that means it's got to shift into a fantasy realm, where it'll all work out ... and I don't know that I like that as much.

But I'm not saying that to discourage you from writing. honestly, I love what I've read so far! Tension's just building - you did this so well with the dream -- and it's a credit to your storytelling that you're making me feel this uncomfortable.
Dec. 8th, 2005 06:02 am (UTC)
I know what you mean about fics that get terrible when everything works out! That's absolutely a pet peeve of mine. I don't think it's giving too much away to say that I would never write a happy ending for this fic. But on the other hand, people do have destructive affairs that last longer than a day, and I'm only at about the twelve hour mark at this point. Great sex can cause people to do really stupid things, things that are very fun to read about. I know I've done some incredibly emotionally reckless things somewhat like this in the past. (Now I just imagine and type instead!) And actors do tend to be more reckless than average people. I just heard a snippet on the news about some study saying that actors and writers have more sex than most people do.

But you do raise a very good point. It would probably be more realistic if they'd just had one drunken night making out in the hall, then avoided being alone for the rest of the shoot. But that's not as much fun! :> I really do have to map out the ending point soon, that's for sure.

And thanks for the kind feedback!
Dec. 10th, 2005 09:14 pm (UTC)
Oh dearie you said everything I wanted to say! :D
Dec. 10th, 2005 09:05 pm (UTC)
One of the most interesting things about this poll: people who answered question #1 saying they prefer to read Cillian's POV often picked a Naomie POV chapter as their favorite in the very next question.

Of course, it's not exactly a large poll... :>
Dec. 10th, 2005 09:22 pm (UTC)
I have to say that this is a wooonderful series, and must most favorite thing has to be that deliciously realistic tension between them. That is why I picked choice 1 for the last question because knowing how they are (eeuuh, assuming here, of course, like I really know them. I wish. *rolls eyes*) I don't see it going 'too' far. Of course, if it happens it's all good, hot is hot. :) So I'm basically torn between "wish she'd stop because it'll be realistically angsty" and "keep writing it's so good". :)

Ooh and another favorite thing is the dialogue, I really, really like the way you make Cillian talk.
Dec. 10th, 2005 09:36 pm (UTC)
Re: :D
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Dec. 11th, 2005 12:22 am (UTC)
it is extremely important to me that the sex be safe sex. And set Cilly free!
Dec. 11th, 2005 02:20 am (UTC)
Agreed. And yes, I think so.

Thanks so much for participating in my little poll!
Apr. 5th, 2006 07:02 pm (UTC)
Chapter 1-6
All chapters made me hot in a pervy kind of way, emotional turmoil and all, since you write really well and I am certainly looking forward to the remaining chapters! PS: I couldnt figure out how to take the poll and am posting this here hoping that it will get to you. LL
Apr. 5th, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Chapter 1-6
Hey there -- I think all you need to do is open a free account, log in, and then you can take the poll.
Dec. 30th, 2005 05:59 pm (UTC)
This was very well-written. You obviously have skills with writing about exciting, yet believable situations. There is some depth; it's not straight up porn and it's NOT Mary Sue. I like how the characters are conflicted - cleverly displayed through their reactions and their inner monologues. The sex scenes were smoking but believable.

Awesome! =)
Dec. 30th, 2005 06:53 pm (UTC)
Lovely, thanks!! BTW, love the icon.
Dec. 30th, 2005 07:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I made it last night. I made a few more today. I'll be trotting them out soon enough, I'm sure. ;)
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