Welcome to Crimson Glass

This is a General Hospital fanfiction archive that concentrates on the pairing of Jason Morgan and Elizabeth Webber. You will also find a lot of stories that feature Sonny and Carly Corinthos, Patrick Drake and Robin Scorpio, and Nikolas Cassadine and Emily Quartermaine. The stories are written completely by me, Melissa (LissieLove) and features novels, short stories, and other GH-related material. It has been online since September 19, 2002.

If you don't like Jason and Elizabeth as a pairing or you have any fondness for the character of Franco, then you should probably click the back button and continue on your way. Happy travels. I hate Franco. He is a lying, violent, sociopathic piece of shit, and I hope this character gets yeeted into the sun. Thank you.

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October 11, 2021

Hey dropping in to let you know that Mad World is coming along great! I had a huge weekend. I drafted eight chapters over the last three days, and we’re on target for the first draft to be done by October 31. I’m really exhausted, lol, I spent most of the extended weekend writing, so I’m going to get off my computer, do some laundry and watch tv to enjoy the last of my day off.  Mad World is currently at 22 chapters, 345 pages, and 128k words with another 15 chapters planned. This is an insanely long book lol, so prepare yourselves for February. We’re going to be here a while.

Be back later this week with fuller update.

September 27, 2021

Update Link: One Simple Glimpse

This story has legit the strangest inspiration for a short I’ve ever written, lol. I wasn’t planning this at all, and I don’t have any of the site set up for it. It’s not in any of the story lists yet and I have to get ready for a doctor’s appointment. I’m off today for my TMJ appointment, and I was going to use the hour before I left to work on Karma. Then my brain did a thing while I was showering and now here we are.

Enjoy!

TW: pandemic

September 26, 2021

I don’t like too much time to pass between posts, and since I didn’t end up doing Flash Fiction this weekend, I wanted to check in and let you know how things are going. My writing guru, Lani Diane Rich over at Chipperish, started a sprint community livestream on Saturdays. This was the first week, and I tuned in 10 AM to see how it would go. It’s been a really long time since I’ve been able to write for more than hour at a time thanks to the TMJ, but I was hopeful that a community sprint and the opportunity to work alongside someone who’s been so influential in my writing career might inspire me.

YOU GUYS.

We wrote for four hours, from 10-2 and I WROTE 8000 words. I finished Chapter 84 of Mad World, then wrote a SECOND CHAPTER. In fact, I wasn’t quite done Chapter 85 when the sprints ended so I WROTE FOR ANOTHER HALF HOUR. I wrote for more than four hours for the first time since maybe December when I was working on the FMT first draft. Not only did I wrote a lot and make some serious progress, it was fun. I lost myself in some of the scenes and felt that old energy coming back.

I was worried it might be a fluke, so I sat down today to test it. I thought I would write an hour for Karma, the December project for the Liason Haven, and then three for Mad World.

I wrote 10,000 words today.

I wrote 18k in the last two days. 

I wrote four more scenes for Karma and TWO MORE CHAPTERS for Mad World. I literally, in one weekend, put myself right back on track to finishing MW’s first draft AND Karma by the end of October. I think making this kind of progress was worth sacrificing Flash Fiction this weekend. Next weekend, I’m going to incorporate the flash fiction into the community sprint so I can do Mad World and Flash Fiction at the same time. I hope to do the same on Sunday.

I hope that I can get back and track and keep enjoying writing like I have the last two days. It’s felt fun again, and I absolutely adore the material I wrote for MW today, particularly a really good Jason/Carly scene.

I’ll keep you guys in the loop on Twitter, so check the feed (I also embed my TL in the sidebar). Have a great week!

September 20, 2021

Listen. I knew September 19 was happening, I was aware of the date the whole time, and then somehow — I completely forgot about it. I even made the video last week talking about CG’s history and mentioned the date. I don’t know.

ANYWAY. I don’t have much to celebrate this, but I don’t want to go unmarked. Crimson Glass has been online in some shape or form with some title since September 19, 2002, and that’s insane. Some of you are probably even OG Canvas readers who’ve been with me all this time. If you are, thank you for sticking with me and supporting me. This is the best second career anyone could ask for and you guys an awesome community.

To celebrate this, I have two posts for you to read and a new update for the Mad World vlog! In the vlog, I talk about finishing Act One and how Dante ended up as a lead in Book 4.  Both of these excerpts are basically unedited and first drafts, which means they will likely change before you see them.

Bad Karma – Opening Two Scenes

Mad World – Liason Honeymoon Scenes

 

September 18, 2021

Hey! Just another pop in to let you know where my head and energy is at, and what I’m thinking about for the next few weeks.

Last weekend, I skipped Flash Fiction because I was mentally and physically exhausted. The teaching grind is absolutely insane, and I literally had to readjust my entire being to being back at work. Last year, I was teaching kids in the room and kids at home at the same time, so I spent the entire day at the desk, with my computer in front of me. I wasn’t moving around nearly as much. This year — the kids are all back in the room and I get to go back to the way I’ve ben teaching for five years. I am constantly moving in my classroom. I’m on the board, I’m walking around, keeping track of the kids, keeping them on track, redirecting — I literally don’t sit from the time the kids walk in at 7:40 until I get my first break at either 11:01 or 11:40 depending on my duty for that day.

I haven’t done this level of work in 18 months and it’s taking longer than I hoped to get back into it physically.

The good news is that I worked really hard all summer to get myself into a good place with my teaching content. I spent the last two weeks working to create a routine in the classroom so I only bring home fun work (creating more content or something). I’m there. I literally have zero work to do this weekend. Everything is ready for next week.

I’m also physically feeling a lot better. My feet are still protesting, lol, but my brain is starting to readjust and I was able to do other things this week. I wrote a chapter of Mad World on Sunday, another one Monday, and then wrote half of one on Thursday. Two and a half chapters! That’s awesome for me.

The only thing really holding me back is my TMJ. I wake up every morning with a migraine and jaw pain. I have to get through it while working, but on Saturdays and Sundays, I don’t want to push myself to write earlier when if I relax in the morning, I can get a lot of Mad World done.  Today, the migraine was really bad and it’s only now just starting to recede at just after 9 AM. I’m hoping I won’t have as bad tomorrow so I can write tomorrow. I have a doctor’s appointment next Monday for my TMJ and I’m hoping he can prescribe something that gets this and the whooshing in my ear under control, or at least make it more manageable.

I love both my flash fiction stories, and it kills me not to be able to concentrate on them, but one of the most important things I’ve been working on in therapy is managing my energy and putting it where it needs to be. Spreading myself too thin and making too many promises to myself and others is what gets me in trouble and creates the anxiety spiral that derailed most of my summer and when I get to that point — I actually write far less. No one wants that.

So here is the promise I will make you: I am putting myself and my energies first at all times. I write what I want when I want and when I’m feeling good about myself. The Flash Fiction will be kind of haphazard for a few months as I continue to adjust to the school year. Mad World is my absolute priority. I love this series, and I’m so excited about how it’s coming together in the finale. I’ve worked so hard on this series, and it’s been in my head since I was 20 years old. The serial rapist storyline was literally part of the OG version back in 2004, and it was the first thing that drew me back when I started planning it again in 2016.

My second priority is Fool Me Twice. There are times when I’m not quite feeling up to writing, but I’m feeling creative, so I open Plottr and continue working out the second two books. I put so many different stories into motion in the first book that it’s been a challenge to figure out how to coordinate it all over the next two books with something that feels satisfying. FMT is probably the most ambitious project I’ve ever undertaken, both in scope and length. Mad World grew into an ensemble piece, but FMT has been one since the beginning. I’m so excited about what I’m working on with it.

Flash Fiction falls to third place, which I think is a good place for it, honestly. It was always meant to be something fun that kept me writing. So right now, I’ll write it on the weekends when I can, and skip it when I can’t. I won’t come in and post that I’m not going to post, because as always, lol, we don’t need to annoy each other with emails on the subject.

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I am doing much better than I was two months ago, and I’ve learned some really important lessons on how to protect myself from how bad things got earlier this summer and last winter. I love and appreciate all of you and can’t wait until we can go on another Liason journey together 🙂

September 14, 2021

I haven’t been posting the videos here, but I have actually been keeping to the schedule I set out — three new videos, one a week. I posted the Site & Story Status, which you guys got. I also posted an FMT vlog and then yesterday, I put up a video about Crimson Glass’s history and some future plans.  I’m going to embed them here for you guys. On the Mad World front, I’ve been writing. I’ve actually written two new chapters in the last two days and it’s going really well! I’ll have some more info on Saturday. See you guys on Thursday for the Throwback post (which I forgot last week because I was tired lol.) Any thoughts for a story to feature? Or a genre you want to know if I’ve written?

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September 11, 2021

Just popping in real quick to let you guys know I won’t be updating flash fiction this weekend. The students came back on Wednesday, and I honestly just forgot how mentally and physically exhausting it is to teach, LOL. Your brain seriously just forgets that over the summer, for real. Probably the only way you go back, to be real.

The good news is that it’s really just my body getting used to the daily grind. I didn’t have to bring anything home all week, and I am completely ready to go for next week, so it really is a matter of getting used to it again.

This weekend, I just want to relax, do some things around the house, and not hurt my brain too much. Any writing I can get done, I want it to be with Karma and Mad World. We’ll be back next weekend for sure 🙂