Author Topic: Divergent Dreams and Minnesota Dreams - by racchelle  (Read 10323 times)

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Divergent Dreams and Minnesota Dreams - by racchelle
« on: October 07, 2007, 09:10:07 pm »

Heya,

I'm starting a new thread for these two really nice stories by racchelle.

Divergent Dreams is complete in 36 chapters.

Here's the link to chapter 1:  http://racchelle.livejournal.com/3977.html#cutid1

And just tonight the sequel to Divergent Dreams, titled Minnesota Dreams was updated.  It's in progress and now has 14 chapters.

Here's a link to chapter 1 of Minnesota Dreams: http://racchelle.livejournal.com/19438.html#cutid1


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Re: Divergent Dreams and Minnesota Dreams - by racchelle
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2007, 02:36:43 am »
Thanks Amanda-

I tackled both stories one weekend-my butt still hurts from sitting in one place for hours. I'm really enjoying these stories and like her writing style.

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Re: Divergent Dreams and Minnesota Dreams - by racchelle
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2007, 03:49:31 pm »
Hi RouxB!

Yeah, I really enjoy these stories.  I like the complexities of the family dynamics that she includes.  She still updates Minnesota Dreams once in a while, which is great.  It's often a bit of a wait between updates at least lately, but the wait is always worth it.
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Re: Divergent Dreams and Minnesota Dreams - by racchelle
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2007, 04:02:29 pm »
Hi RouxB!

Yeah, I really enjoy these stories.  I like the complexities of the family dynamics that she includes.  She still updates Minnesota Dreams once in a while, which is great.  It's often a bit of a wait between updates at least lately, but the wait is always worth it.
:)

Ahhh...maybe the infrequent updates are the reason this one has escaped me so far!  I'm thinking Divergent Dreams may have been completed before I discovered the BBM ficworld.  But they both sound interesting and it's nice to know the first one is complete. Sounds like some good reading for a lazy weekend.

Thanks, Amanda  :)

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Re: Divergent Dreams and Minnesota Dreams - by racchelle
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2007, 04:16:35 pm »
Ahhh...maybe the infrequent updates are the reason this one has escaped me so far!  I'm thinking Divergent Dreams may have been completed before I discovered the BBM ficworld.  But they both sound interesting and it's nice to know the first one is complete. Sounds like some good reading for a lazy weekend.

Thanks, Amanda  :)

Marie

Hi Marei!

Yes, I definitely recommend Divergent Dreams.  It is complete and stands alone nicely as it's own story... and you're right I think it was completed a long time ago.  I feel like there are stories in the fic world that are more "domestic" than others in that they focus a lot on the family dynamics... how Ennis and Jack incorporate their kids into their joint life, etc. more than others and this is definitely one of those stories.  Of course, there are a lot of other elements to the story too (romantic, etc.). I remember that it's very smart.

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Re: Divergent Dreams and Minnesota Dreams - by racchelle
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2007, 11:08:34 pm »
Yeehaw!!!

Minnesota Dreams was updated tonight with chapter 15!

http://racchelle.livejournal.com/35594.html?view=441354#t441354

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Re: Divergent Dreams and Minnesota Dreams - by racchelle
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2008, 04:59:56 pm »
SPOILERS





It took me a while, but I'm caught up on this series.  You're right, Amanda - it is very smart!  That's a good description.  J&E have developed a lovely extended family that includes not only their children, but other great characters.  There is a gentle quality about this story that's really nice.

But that's not to say it's not without complexity or angst.  Junior certainly is displaying some signs of being sexually abused, but then again, it could be a lot of things.  I hope Ennis listens to his inner voice and pursues this further. 

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Re: Divergent Dreams and Minnesota Dreams - by racchelle
« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2008, 02:50:06 pm »
Chapter 17 is up!

http://racchelle.livejournal.com/42277.html

I haven't read it yet - Chapter 16 was posted in February, and I'm afraid I've forgotten some of the details, so I'm going to have to re-read Chapter 16 first, but I'm looking forward to it.  I wonder if we'll find out more about Junior...

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Re: Divergent Dreams and Minnesota Dreams - by racchelle
« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2008, 02:52:49 pm »


Hi Marie! :)

Yup, I re-read Chap 16 and then read the new update last night. I was so excited to see the update.  And, re-reading Chap. 16 is definitely enough to remember what's going on in the story.  Neither chapter is super long, so it didn't take too long.

It's such a good story.  Hope there's more soon. :)

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Re: Divergent Dreams and Minnesota Dreams - by racchelle
« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2008, 02:59:58 pm »

Hi Marie! :)

Yup, I re-read Chap 16 and then read the new update last night. I was so excited to see the update.  And, re-reading Chap. 16 is definitely enough to remember what's going on in the story.  Neither chapter is super long, so it didn't take too long.

It's such a good story.  Hope there's more soon. :)

Oh, thanks, Amanda!   :)  I was wondering if I'd need to go back even further so that's good to know! 

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Re: Divergent Dreams and Minnesota Dreams - by racchelle
« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2008, 04:08:44 pm »


 :D :D :D

Minnesota Dreaming was updated today with Chapter 18!!  Yeehaw!!

http://racchelle.livejournal.com/44154.html?view=543866#racchelle44154


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Re: Divergent Dreams and Minnesota Dreams - by racchelle
« Reply #11 on: November 06, 2008, 07:26:51 pm »

 :D :D :D

Minnesota Dreaming was updated today with Chapter 18!!  Yeehaw!!

http://racchelle.livejournal.com/44154.html?view=543866#racchelle44154


Thanks, Amanda!  I almost missed it!   :)

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Re: Divergent Dreams and Minnesota Dreams - by racchelle
« Reply #12 on: December 03, 2008, 01:12:36 pm »
Chapter 19 is up ....

http://racchelle.livejournal.com/45690.html#cutid1

... but OMG.  It's a triple (at least) cliffhanger!  I hope the next update isn't too far off!

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Re: Divergent Dreams and Minnesota Dreams - by racchelle
« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2008, 05:30:16 pm »
Chapter 19 is up ....

http://racchelle.livejournal.com/45690.html#cutid1

... but OMG.  It's a triple (at least) cliffhanger!  I hope the next update isn't too far off!

Marie

**spoiler-ish**

Yikes!!!  This update was incredibly dramatic!  I didn't see the drama with Jack and Tyler coming at all. I did suspect that something troubling was going on with the girls for quite some time.  Poor Ennis to have this happening all at once.  It sounds like Jack is coming through the shooting pretty well (based on what the nurse said) so, I feel more optimistic about him than poor Tyler.

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Re: Divergent Dreams and Minnesota Dreams - by racchelle
« Reply #14 on: September 21, 2009, 09:44:14 pm »
Surprise!  Chapter 20 is up!  I haven't had a chance to read it yet - I'll probably re-read Chapter 19 first, although I remember the cliffhangers!

http://racchelle.livejournal.com/50629.html

This story is friends-locked now, btw, but you can asked to be friended here, if you aren't already:

http://racchelle.livejournal.com/50227.html
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Re: Divergent Dreams and Minnesota Dreams - by racchelle
« Reply #15 on: September 21, 2009, 10:46:52 pm »
Surprise!  Chapter 20 is up!  I haven't had a chance to read it yet - I'll probably re-read Chapter 19 first, although I remember the cliffhangers!

http://racchelle.livejournal.com/50629.html

This story is friends-locked now, btw, but you can asked to be friended here, if you aren't already:

http://racchelle.livejournal.com/50227.html

Wow!!  What a nice surprise!

Where did you find the info about the update posted?  I don't see it listed on Brokebackslash?
The friends-locking development will hinder my ability to read this for a while.  Sigh.



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Re: Divergent Dreams and Minnesota Dreams - by racchelle
« Reply #16 on: September 22, 2009, 09:01:40 pm »
What is this fanfic all about?

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Re: Divergent Dreams and Minnesota Dreams - by racchelle
« Reply #17 on: September 23, 2009, 12:17:35 am »
What is this fanfic all about?

Heya retropian!  This is a really nice story in two parts.  Divergent Dreams is first and Minnesota Dreams is second, and still in progress.  Divergent Dreams was started long, long ago.. I just checked, and the first chapter was posted in April of 2006.  I also just re-read the first chapter (I may re-read all of Divergent Dreams and Minnesota Dreaming actually, before I read the update).  And, it's really nice because it's filled with a lot of the enthusiasm of the very early, super excited Brokie days.

The summary is that Ennis inherits a ranch in Minnesota in the mid-1970s, and Jack and Ennis try to build a life together there.  I'd compare it to a fic like Human Interest/ Two Crows Joy, A Love Born From Steel, 48 Days/ Book of Dreams or any of the good, long fics that really focus on the intricacies of the relationship, details about domestic life and family dynamics (dealing with the children, ex-s etc.) involved in Jack and Ennis building a life together.

Honestly at this point I forget some of the details.  But, I've always really liked this story and get excited when it's updated.  
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Re: Divergent Dreams and Minnesota Dreams - by racchelle
« Reply #18 on: September 23, 2009, 02:48:45 am »
Heya retropian!  This is a really nice story in two parts.  Divergent Dreams is first and Minnesota Dreams is second, and still in progress.  Divergent Dreams was started long, long ago.. I just checked, and the first chapter was posted in April of 2006.  I also just re-read the first chapter (I may re-read all of Divergent Dreams and Minnesota Dreaming actually, before I read the update).  And, it's really nice because it's filled with a lot of the enthusiasm of the very early, super excited Brokie days.

The summary is that Ennis inherits a ranch in Minnesota in the mid-1970s, and Jack and Ennis try to build a life together there.  I'd compare it to a fic like Human Interest/ Two Crows Joy, A Love Born From Steel, 48 Days/ Book of Dreams or any of the good, long fics that really focus on the intricacies of the relationship, details about domestic life and family dynamics (dealing with the children, ex-s etc.) involved in Jack and Ennis building a life together.

Honestly at this point I forget some of the details.  But, I've always really liked this story and get excited when it's updated.  

Cool, I'll have to give it a go. I've read and really enjoyed Human Interest/Two Crows Joy, but I haven't read any of the others you mention. I guess I'll have to read them all now!
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Re: Divergent Dreams and Minnesota Dreams - by racchelle
« Reply #19 on: September 23, 2009, 07:25:32 am »
Wow!!  What a nice surprise!

Where did you find the info about the update posted?  I don't see it listed on Brokebackslash?
The friends-locking development will hinder my ability to read this for a while.  Sigh.

Hey, Amanda!  The update came up on my friends page.  I think she posted a notice about friends locking way back at the beginning of the year, but don't remember if that was on Brokebackslash or not.  I'm guessing it was b/c otherwise I don't think I would've seen it.  In any case, I hope you're friended quickly so you can keep reading!  (And I hope it's not quite so long before the next chapter is posted!)  :)
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Re: Divergent Dreams and Minnesota Dreams - by racchelle
« Reply #20 on: September 23, 2009, 12:03:36 pm »
Yep, I'm friended now. :)  So, all is well.


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Re: Divergent Dreams and Minnesota Dreams - by racchelle
« Reply #21 on: September 23, 2009, 12:06:49 pm »
Cool, I'll have to give it a go. I've read and really enjoyed Human Interest/Two Crows Joy, but I haven't read any of the others you mention. I guess I'll have to read them all now!
Ian

Great. :)  Yeah, I highly recommend A Love Born From Steel and 48 Days (and its sequel Book of Dreams).  You may know that A Love Born From Steel is by our mod here, Mainewriter!  And 48 Days/BOD is by testa dura.

Hope you enjoy them!
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