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I guess I'm putting this out there for those of you who post fic in LJ comms. I've never done so -- everything of mine is on ff.n, and the HP stuff is also on Fiction Alley and Sycophant Hex. How kosher is it to take stories that have been posted elsewhere and then start posting them on LJ communities dedicated to those fandoms? I guess I'm asking because signing up for that Star Wars prompt community made me realize there were a lot of SW fic communities out there, and that just because I've posted things on ff.n doesn't necessarily mean those readers even know my stories exist. In fact, judging by some of the derogatory comments on [community profile] fanficrants, it seems that some people don't read anything except fics posted in LJ comms, since ff.n has absolutely no quality control.

So is it worth posting some of my Star Wars stuff (like the Fett stories and Dust of Empire) on any of these comms, or is that a bit too spammy?

Thanks for your input!

Finally!

Apr. 7th, 2008 06:42 pm
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Well, it took me two and a half months, but I finally managed to update Quality of Mercy. I feel so much better now. Writer's block sucks major ass. Of course, now I have to keep it up until I actually finish the story, but I think it probably only has about four or five chapters left in it anyway.

Still, it's nice to move something else off my "to do" list.
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OK, it's really Julian Glover's birthday, but what the heck. I think the good general deserves a drink or two hoisted in his honor!*





In other news, my new SW story has gotten featured billing in the "What's New" section of the Imperial Chicks website. I'm not sure if it's brought me any more readers, but hey, a little extra exposure never hurts!

*According to one of the Imperial Chicks site maintainers, some of the Imperial gang -- Kenneth Colley (Admiral Piett), Richard LaParmentier (Admiral Motti), Leslie Schofield (Chief Bast himself), and a few others -- still get together at the pub every once in a while. Now, there's a drinking party I'd like to attend!
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For those of you who don't already know, there has been a strike scheduled for Friday, March 21st, 2008, during which we hope to have many members of LiveJournal provide LJ with absolutely no content for twenty-four hours. This means no posting and no commenting. If you post elsewhere and have it set up to be posted through a feed on LiveJournal, don't do it. Stay away from LiveJournal for twenty-four hours. That can't be too hard, can it? I know some of you are probably quite active on LiveJournal and will find it hard to stay away for an entire day, just as I will, but this is something that needs to be done, to show the people running LiveJournal that we're watching the changes they are making, that we're paying attention, that we're discontent, and that we want to be heard and taken in to consideration. We are not simply users who can be tossed to the side and ignored. We are the people who make up LiveJournal. Without us, without the content we create, without our words, our voices, our creativity, our participation, there would be no LiveJournal. This is a fact, and it needs to be realized and understood and then taken in to consideration when making decisions regarding the way that LiveJournal is run. The strike is only a few days away, so there isn't all too much time to prepare. While this is unfortunate, it isn't enough to keep this strike from taking place. It will take place, the second it is meant to, and it would be best to have as many people take part as possible. Please, spread the word. Spread it fast. There are only a few days to organize this. If you find that you care about LiveJournal or care about the people you interact with on LiveJournal or simply want it to remain a place where you can entertain yourself without constant censorship and money-hungry practices being thrown in without the consideration of those who use the service, act now. If you don't wish to spread the word, that is fine, but please: refrain from using LiveJournal on Friday, March 21st. Do something else for a change. It's for a good cause. (:

For background on this strike and why it is being held, please read the following posts:
http://beckyzoole.livejournal.com/394838.html
http://beckyzoole.livejournal.com/395310.html

To find out exactly when the strike begins and ends, depending on where you are located, please see this:
http://beckyzoole.livejournal.com/395125.html

What's this about?

* It's about free and ad-free LiveJournal accounts being abolished for new members, ignoring the advice from the newly-formed Advisory Board.
* It's about LJ staff trying to sneak this decision in under the radar, and when people found out, telling the users it was done "to make the sign-up process less confusing."
* It's about LJ staff failing to apologize for trying to hide the facts from view and for lying about the actual reasons for their actions.
* And finally, it's about the latest decision to hide certain user interests from the list of Most Popular Interests, some of them being fanfiction, bisexuality, sex, and depression. This decision was not announced or explained in any way. Users found out for themselves.

I just got this from [personal profile] evendia. I, too, am getting increasingly disgusted with the behavior of SUP and the way it's treating LJ users. The elimination of Basic accounts doesn't affect me too much, since I'm a paid user, but if SUP wants to continue getting my money, they're going to need to shape up. I'd hate to leave LJ because I've made a lot of friends here, and I sincerely hope it won't come to that, but....

For more about the suppression of selected user interests from the Most Popular Interests stats, you might want to check out this blog entry. Stuff like this makes my teeth hurt.

Solidarnosc!!

Hmm...

Feb. 1st, 2008 09:33 am
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Should I feel offended or amused when someone complains about a sex scene coming "too early" in the story when it's about 90,000 words/300 pages in?

The world is a lol-worthy place, my friends.
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Sorry, I'm feeling cranky. Blame it on the hormones.

I really hate this time of year. It's just so beastly hot, and you just know it's going to continue for weeks and weeks (some places start to get a respite come September, but not Southern California. Oftentimes September is one of the hottest months of the year around here). It makes me really crabby, and it doesn't help that our kitchen is being invaded by ants. We'd had a few minor problems earlier this year (mostly them scouting, since we've been burned before and keep everything locked up in plastic containers, etc. that ants can't get into). However, Erik's daughter was here this past weekend, and she somehow managed to drop a soda on the kitchen floor and had it SPRAY everywhere. I didn't even know about it, because I was in here on my computer working when it happened. He cleaned it up, but just with water, and that wasn't enough. Next thing you know, those little bastards are EVERYWHERE. Erik went back and killed them with this organic spray we have that kills ants but doesn't contain anything toxic for humans or pets. The problem with that stuff, however, is that while it kills them, it doesn't really stop them from coming back. He mopped the floor with Spic N Span, and although they kept coming for a while, they seemed to have lost heart, and we figured they were done.

Oh, no.

I go in the kitchen this morning, and somehow they gotten inside the DISHWASHER. How do ants get inside a sealed appliance??? So I had to clean them up as best I could, run the thing, and hope that kills them. But after this, I'm going out to buy a big can of Raid. I don't care anymore that Erik says it makes him feel sick. He's not even here during the day -- I can commit ant genocide while he's gone and have it cleaned up by the time he gets home. Because frankly, people, I am DONE.

OK, Rant the Second.

Let me state first off that I don't expect any of my friends to keep up with my fanfics. A lot of my friends don't read fics, and that's cool. I write in several different fandoms, and not everyone likes each and every genre. That's totally fine, too. I get wonderful feedback and reviews from my readers online, and that's good enough for me.

However...

I have a friend (who shall remain nameless) who contacted me about two weeks ago and said he'd put up a fic that he'd like me to take a look at. I said OK (trying to be supportive), even though, while I really enjoy the fandom in which the story is set, I've never been compelled to either write fanfic for it or even read it. But fine, I figured I'd take a look. What he neglected to tell me was that he'd posted ELEVEN chapters of this thing. Still, all right, deep sigh, I'll go through it. So what do I find? Tons of grammar and spelling mistakes, a pairing that I didn't find very plausible (but hey, it's his story, he can write what he wants), and (the kicker for me) unmitigated head-hopping. I know some people like omniscient p.o.v., or at least can put up with it. I hate it, and these days, it's definitely frowned on in the pro writing world. But I managed to leave nice feedback on every chapter. Then I sent him an email telling him what was good about the story, but that he probably should work on the p.o.v. thing, along with a few hints on how to approach it. He took it very well and thanked me for being so gentle in my critique.

At that point I mentioned that I'd started a new story (in a fandom he likes, BTW), and I'd like to see what he thought. He said sure, he'd take a look when he had the time. I knew he wouldn't be able to get to it right away because he's got to share computer time with his wife and two kids, but he said he'd read it within the week. Did he? No...and then yesterday I get an email from him saying that he'd posted two new chapters of HIS story and he wanted me to read them. Now, I don't know about you, but that strikes me as a little...presumptuous. Wouldn't you think he'd read at least one chapter of my story before asking me to look at two more of his?

This is just rubbing me the wrong way. I haven't responded to his email yet because I'm not sure of the best way to tell him that I think it's rude for him to ask me to R&R two more of his chapters when he couldn't be bothered to look at even one of mine. Maybe if I sent him an email with "Quid pro quo, Clarice" in the subject heading he might get it. :-P

Again, this could all be hormones. But I am a little irritated.

Sigh. And it's only Tuesday....
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Boy, that's two in one week (well, technically seven days, since I finished Inheritance on Wednesday and The Overlooked on Sunday, but whatever).

I feel good about it, but also sort of drained and sad. I guess it's to be expected when you spend so much time with these characters, and then suddenly, you're done with them. Also, now that I stop to count it up, I figure I've written about 16,000 words in seven days. Yoicks. I've been working on both those fics since last summer, and they both came in at more than 110K. I think that comes out to about 350 pages or so in a mass-market paperback size.

It'll be interesting to see how the writing poll turns out. So far it looks as if Gorendil is in the lead, but I don't know whether all the Snape lovers have chimed in yet or not. I did get some good ideas for the Gorendil prequel this weekend, though, so at least I feel a little more prepared than I did a few days ago. Still, I'm going to take a little time off before I dig into whatever the next project is, just because I've made a vow to myself that I WILL finish Mandalore's Son before I start the next one.

Yeah, right. ;-)
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Wow, I noticed that I hadn't checked in for some time...probably because nothing of import has really happened for the past little while. At least it cooled down; it's very gray and gloomy today (just the way I like it). If only I'd learned sooner that the key to actually getting some rain around here was to wash my car more often. :-P

The St. Patrick's Day party went off without a hitch, despite all the drama leading up to it. Actually, the party felt much more relaxed with certain people not in attendance. There are large chunks of it that I don't remember, so I guess that means I was having a good time (not as good as [profile] elementalevil, though...girl was wasted! Not that I can blame her -- she deserved it after the week from hell she had at work). Also, my friend Greg's four-pipe hookah made its debut, much to everyone's delight. 'Cause there's nothing to make a St. Paddy's Day party feel really authentic like a good ol' hookah.

I seem to have finally gotten over the worst of my writer's block, so I guess I can just chalk that up to stress and too much crap going on in my life. But things seem to have smoothed out (mostly), so I hope I can keep at my current pace. What's sort of preying on my mind right now is the fact that I'll probably finish both fics I'm working on at roughly the same time, and I'm not really sure what to do with myself next. I have ideas for several more Snape fics, but considering the fact that I tend to write novel-length works, and those pieces usually take me between six months and a year to finish, there's no way I'd get them done before the last book comes out and we learn Snape's fate once and for all. If he lives, great, no problem...but if he dies, all of a sudden I'm having to veer off into AU territory. Not the end of the world, but you can see why I'm sort of flummoxed here.

I've got ideas for other stuff, of course, including a great plot bunny from my faithful reviewer Gimli's Trouser Beard (best user name ever) over at ff.n for a LOTR fic, but whatever I end up doing, I need to figure it out at some point. Maybe I should just up put a poll here the way I did with my Nano and let all my LJ friends tell me what I should write next. :-P
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Don't post updates to your fics over the weekend. Apparently no one has time to read them, and then you end up thinking that you suck.

I didn't mean to be up this early, but I had an early morning freak-out that I hadn't gotten the roast out to defrost last night. Somehow in my drunken stupor I actually remembered to do that, but....

It's cool. It's for mornings like these that ibuprofen was invented. ;-)
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...reading this whole sordid story:

http://www.journalfen.net/users/charlottelennox/1173.html

Now, although I have been reading the HP books since the beginning, I didn't start writing HP fanfiction until very recently, and therefore had no knowledge of any of the events described therein. However, if you're bored, looking for something to occupy your time at work, or just want to explore the depths to which some people will apparently sink while seeking publicity, I highly recommend it.

Makes me glad I'm just a little-known author that no one pays much attention to. ;-)

And you know, if there really were a Hogwarts the new term would be starting today. Frankly, I wish I were in Scotland instead of nasty-hot SoCal. But at least I have a three-day weekend ahead of me. Who knows, I may even get some writing done! (Yeah, right.)

Bah

Jul. 24th, 2006 06:52 pm
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You know what irritates me? When people bug you because you haven't updated a story in forever, and then you do update it, and hardly anybody reviews it. This doesn't exactly give me the encouragement to continue.

Sigh.

The heat is making me crabby.
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So I finished my LOTR story yesterday, after a marathon writing session that involved doing approximately 5,000 words in one day. (I just love it when I have nothing to do at work.) I updated yesterday, since I finished the penultimate chapter in the morning, and then went furiously on into the final chapter. But although I really, really want to post the last chapter, I feel that I should probably give people at least another day to catch up, since reviews seem to usually trickle in for a couple of days after I update. On the other hand, knowing that I have a chapter finished and not posting it is doing seriously icky things to my willpower. Sigh.

I just hope that people don't hate me over the ending too much. What can I say...I've been bitten by sequelitis. This seems to happen to me on a fairly regular basis.

On an entirely unrelated note, I find the Slytherin shields are growing on me. I may have to keep them around for a while until I find something else.

Who knew?

Jul. 5th, 2006 08:20 am
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So I was uploading stuff to ff.n over the weekend, and for some reason I clicked on the "user stats" option, just for shits and grins. Well, this week or the next (can't remember exactly) marks my two-year anniversary of signing up, and in that period I've posted almost 450,000 words on that site.

Holy crap.  That's like, almost Gone With the Wind. :-o

So much for that writer's block I was worried about.

Ski BAMF!

May. 26th, 2006 02:52 pm
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OK, the real slogan was "Ski Banff!", but you know what I mean.

It's amazing, the nomenclature that develops around online communities and fanfiction in general. I was bopping around some of the LOTR forums on ff.n (I should be writing, but I've got a sodding headache and can't concentrate), and I kept seeing people referring to "BAMF"s. I'm fairly sheltered, so I had no idea what the hell they were talking about. Luckily, good ol' wikipedia came to my aid (again):

"Comedian Dane Cook is believed to have coined the acronym, BAMF as being "Bad Ass Mother Fucker" even though influential punk band Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers released an album entitled LAMF thirty years prior to this."

Since the discussion was about Mary Sues, I'm guessing they were discussing the types who are dropped into Middle Earth from modern-day America but somehow know just how to fight with swords, ride horses, make a fire with tinder and flint, and construct a rudimentary lathe (sorry, just had to throw that in there for the Galaxy Quest fans). Thank God my "girl in Middle Earth" character can't do any of that...in fact, she's about to discover how inept she really is on horseback in the next chapter. :-P

But at least now I know what a BAMF is.

Oh, and pupa_queen, if you see this -- I think it's extremely cool that you visualized Gabriel Byrne as Angmar. Great minds think alike, eh? When I started writing him I began to wonder who I'd cast in that role, and Mr. Byrne just leaped out at me. Of course, I've had the hots for him ever since End of Days.

My lovely tortured wraithy undead Numenorean hottie:



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