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-Ripley-'s Biography:
Sex: Female
Age: 51 to 60
Weight: Average
Height: Average
Orientation: Gay
Interested In: Nothing
Status: Attached
Smoke: No
Drink: Occasionally
Fetishes: Dominant
Pets: None
User Number: 288278
Member Since: December 10, 2003
Last Modified: July 12, 2015
Some words from -Ripley-:

I enjoy writing my stories and being able to share them and hear back from people about how they like them (or don't) is an important part of why I am here at Literotica. I appreciate all the kind things that people have said about my stories over the years, and the patience that they showed as I slowly wrote The Journey of Grace. Even the critical comments have value to me, although I am not sure I understand why some people choose to read stories where they hate the underlying theme and then criticize that instead of the story. But that is them, not me.

Update 3/31/2014: Despite the scores, I am still pleased with the response to It Didn't Work Out. I got a lot of nice comments and emails and actually relatively few negative ones. I understand the point a couple people made about predictability but I wasn't trying to throw people off. I was writing the story of someone discovering herself. At heart, I am a romantic so my stories are influenced that way. I like a happy ending but not all stories get one. In the end, it really just depends upon the story that is being told.

Update 6/6/2014: I've just posted a new story call Coming to Grips, and it should be out in a few days. I'm starting work on the second chapter. I've also have another new story almost done. Hopefully it won't be too long before I get it completed. There are several others that are started. So this may be a productive summer for me writing. I hope you enjoy the new one.

Update 6/10/2014: Well I finished the other story faster than I thought. Out of Bounds is now pending being posted. It is very long at 13 Lit pages, but I am fairly satisfied with it. It's a little different from the normal romantic me. Coming to Grips got rejected, requiring a change to the backstory. It's hard to do that once you have something written, but hopefully it flowed alright, and it is enough of a change. I am looking forward to the reaction to both.

Update 6/12/2014: I don't know how many people read my updates here. So perhaps I will also add a comment of my own on Out of Bounds but for now I will keep it here. Out of Bounds is a sad story. I normally write ones with happy endings. Some have called it predictable but generally, I am a romantic. As a writer though, I want to stretch myself. Some of my stories have lives of their own and they end up in a different place than I expected. I knew where this one as going to end. I wanted to have a story that left me feeling sad. In my introductions, I give my editor Terry a lot of credit. He and I talked a lot about this. He was the voice of those who wanted Isabel to give Rachel a chance. And he has a wonderful set of arguments to be used with Isabel. I don't know if I will revisit Rachel and Isabel. There are a lot of happy stories that I have yet to write; and Suzanne in Coming to Grips needs her happy ending as does Chloe. The list of stories waiting somewhat impatiently for me to write is long. Nevertheless, whether it gets written or not, the door hasn't been shut on Rachel and Isabel. After all, Isabel could have thrown the paper out the window.

Update 7/26/2014: I continue to work on Coming to Grips Chapter 2. I've said that I thought it would take between a month and two months to write it. As I have gotten into it, it may take longer. It is turning out to be a fairly long story, substantially more than chapter one. Although I am working on it every day, it could take more time than I originally guessed.

Update 10/1/2014: I confess. Coming to Grips Chapter 2 is long. Very long. I had no idea how much story there was until I was writing it. I am coming down the home stretch but it's still taking time. Trust me. I want to get it done as much as you do. I think it will answer all the questions that the first chapter raised but didn't answer.

Update 11/7/2014: The first draft of the end of Coming to Grips is close to done. I have one remaining bit to write but it is really close. I will hold off on saying when, because that seems to be a jinx. Nevertheless I'm making a lot of progress each day. Then the task of editing will begin. I'll get through it as quickly as possible but it is a lot to edit. Then I have a couple of editors who will help me polish it. Still I'm getting close. And although I've decided to break it up into two chapters, I don't want to stop and finish off the first one. I'm on a writing roll and interrupting that is not a good idea. The story will flow better if I do them both at the same time and then post them two consecutive days.

Update 12/16/2014: The editing process is underway. The first very rough draft conclusion to Coming to Grips is done. I'm working on getting to a more polished version that my editors can actually read. Still no way to predict how long this process will take. A busy work and personal life combined with the holidays means I have less time available but I continue to make it a priority for me!

Update 1/25/2015: I only have a few more pages and then the last section of the conclusion to Coming to Grips will be in the hands of my editors. The first two sections are already there, so it is starting to feel real. I made a ton of progress today and maybe will even get that last bit done tomorrow. That still means that they have to edit it and there could be changes, so it isn't ready for posting. It's real progress however! I have a new series underway as well. When I am not at my desk, it gives me something to do. I won't talk much about it now, but it is long one and I won't start posting it until I'm done. It's just easier on everyone.

Update 2/24/2015: Thank you very much for the wonderful response to the next chapter of Coming to Grips! It is overwhelming. I've tried to respond to all the emails and comments that people have made to let you know how much I appreciate them. Chapter 3 was submitted today. There is a small problem where the tags are not saving. I am trying to get that resolved and it could delay the story a day or so if I need to delete it and try again. If I don't, it should show up in a couple of days. The fourth and final chapter is in the editing process. I hope to have that ready to submit in a week to two weeks at the most. Thanks for being patient with me!

Update 3/6/2015: I just finished submitting the fourth and final chapter of Coming to Grips. That means it should probably be out on Sunday. I hope that it will live up to the expectations of those waiting for it. My writing is moving in some new directions now. I have a very long series that I have mentioned before. If I follow my outline, there will be 35 chapters although they will be substantially shorter than the ones in Coming to Grips. It is my first attempt at more of an ensemble cast of characters. While it is not a continuation of Out of Bounds, it takes place in that story universe. At least one of the characters from it will make a cameo appearance, and another one will be an important secondary character in the new series. I also won't post any of it until I have it done and edited, so that it can just come out. I also started another standalone story. It will be different in other ways. I don't want to say much about it other than I expect to post that before I start posting the new series.

Update 3/26/2015: I'm overwhelmed by the response to Coming to Grips. Thank you all for the nice comments and emails. I am glad that it resonated with people. Now that Coming to Grips is complete, I wanted to offer a couple of comments about Suzanne, Colby, Chloe and Gabriela. For the most part, I am done with Suzanne's story. It seems complete here to me. Chloe's does not. I don't know when I will do it, but I am fairly sure that I need to write Chloe's story. It will be different, and somewhat obviously darker. The good news is that we know how it ends; so even at the darkest point, there is some light ahead for Chloe. I am sure that Suzanne and Colby will make an appearance, but won't be significant characters, other than how the shade of Suzanne hangs around Chloe, just as Chloe haunted her. As I said, I'm not sure when I'll get to it. I'm deep into writing both my long series (around a quarter of the way done) and the other one on which I'm working. The latter is still most likely to be the next thing I post. I would guess that it is a third of the way done. Again, thank you all for your support. It really is a huge part of what keeps me writing.

Update 5/11/2015: I'm not being very productive right now writing. I changed jobs recently and that is taking up a huge amount of my time as I come up to speed on it. As it settles down, I am sure that I will find it easier to get back to it. It isn't to say I haven't made any progress, but just not as much as I would like.

Update 7/12/2015: I am slowly making progress on my stories. Part of the issue is that the two stories are both quite long. So even when I make progress, there still is a long way to go. It's a little frustrating at times though, looking out ahead and seeing it could still be a while before I have something to publish. I actually started a third story this week, one that I am trying to make short. Getting something actually done is a good motivator for me. And thank you as always to people who let me know what they think about my stories. It remains a huge inspiration to me.

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