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Dec. 12th, 2007

  • 10:10 AM
Greetings -- thought I'd  hop over here to post a quick pimp about a new Doctor Who writers' community, teaspooners, which has the stated goals of providing a "plot bunny discussion circle, emergency fic help, and good tea."  Membership is open to folks with an active account at A Teaspoon and an Open Mind (DW fic archive).  

So how  have folks here been?


  • Nov. 2nd, 2007 at 6:31 PM
My question is, if you've had two beta readers go over your story and tell you it's fine, but you still don't like it, should you post it or just let it rot away on your hard drive?

"The Pointless Fic"

  • Nov. 2nd, 2007 at 7:11 PM
Hullo all. :) Well, first of all, I hope you had a very hair-raising fun Halloween. :D Second of all -- and here's where the non-randomness comes in -- I promised [info]spastasmagoria that I'd post a while back, and, well...*smiles sheepishly* I didn't. I am so unreliable. But in my defence, I thought I did! *nods* I hit "post to fanfikshun" and everything! And, you see, when I went back to look at the community...*laughs nervously* Well, it wasn't there. Please don't stone me?

Anyways, the topic I was going to post about was this -- "the pointless fic". We've all seen 'em, so there's no use denying -- we've all probably written them before too. I know I have. And I don't mean the "it's-a-drabble-so-it's-okay" or the "this-is-supposed-to-be-a-contemplative-and-introspective-piece/essay-so-shut it" kind either. *shudders* Anyways, so here are my questions:

1) Where -- when reading a story -- do you draw the line? Is it when you're on Chapter 21 and they're still standing in the TARDIS (or wherever they happen to be) exchanging what is supposed to be witty banter? Or is it when you're on Chapter 3 and you can already tell where this story is going -- nowhere?

2) How far along the (metaphorical) path will you walk before you turn around and search elsewhere? Will you keep reading in the hopes that you're wrong and it will, in fact, get better, and they'll do whatever they're supposed to be doing, or will you give up and hit the giant "x" button in the corner of the screen in frustration?

3) What are your feelings upon coming upon one of these frighteningly frequent stories? Do you feel annoyed because you feel you've wasted your time? Do you feel sorry for the author, because you know it's going to take a while for them to gain back their reputation (if they had one to begin with)? Or do you simply feel a general sense of apathy -- sort a "oh well, time to move on" thing?

4) Most importantly -- what do you do? Do you comment? Do you sigh and simply decide to never read this author again? Do you go tell all your friends not to read it? What? And -- if you do comment -- what is it like? Is it constructive and polite -- such as "well, I certainly like your style of writing, and I see you have some potential -- but did you notice fill-in-the-blank?" Or is it more brutal -- "I'm sorry, but, did you realize you've written a completely pointless piece of work right here?" 

Have fun, and feel free to elaborate and/or add questions in the comments of your own. :) *waves*

Random icon . . .

  • Nov. 2nd, 2007 at 2:27 PM

Sorry I haven't been posting much here -- I keep getting distracted by uselessful things like making dorky icons.  I *think* we were talking about Jack/TARDIS shipping here, in one of the ship threads, so I thought I'd post the relevant icon once I got 'round to making it:

If we weren't talking about it here, then ignore me -- I'm just going insane (like that's ever been in doubt?) or senile.  At any rate, feel free to steal the icon if you likey.  :)


Topic: Themes in Writing

  • Oct. 26th, 2007 at 10:31 AM
There's a meme that's been doing the rounds that ties in nicely with a topic I'd like to bring up:

Meme: What would you say are the trademarks of my writing? What themes or quirks or turns of phrase have you noticed? What is it that makes a story by me -- well, a story by me?

So to turn that around: what are the trademarks of your writing? Are there any themes you find running through your work, and if so do they cross pairings and fandoms?

Topic: Character Hate

  • Oct. 22nd, 2007 at 12:49 PM
In an attempt to get things restarted here, and since I've got some spare time...

A topic!

So! Character Hate!

1. How do you usually portray a character you dislike in your fic?

2. What are your fic-reading habits when a character you dislike is involved? Do you stay away from fic involving them, or do you give the author's characterization a fair shot?

3. Thoughts on character hate in fandom communities? I know in Who this is a hugely hot topic (IE Rose and Martha hate).

What to talk about?

  • Oct. 22nd, 2007 at 11:36 AM
I sense this community is dying a quick and painful death.

What would make it more interesting?? Are there things you all would like to talk about, that we're not hitting on here? Any thoughts burning your minds??

Remember, kids, discussion communities only work when people... discuss things :)


Topic of the week: compelling characters

  • Oct. 11th, 2007 at 2:14 AM
The first part of this week's questions has more to do with the fandom for which we fanfic... sort of.  The mid-week subtopic will be more about fanfic. 

We seem to be drawn to fandoms with very compelling characters.  They're often very deeply flawed, at least a tad quirky, and almost universally broken in some sort of way. 

1) Would you say that these conditions (flawed, quirky and broken) are prerequisites for the things you've found yourself being a super-fan of in the course of your life?

2)  Or is this just part of the human condition?  Are we all like this?

3) Whats the difference between "compelling" characters, and non-compelling characters, that we don't care as much about? Is there some kind of line of demarcation in the sand between flawed and broken characters that get our sympathy and those that do not?

Be nice, be respectful, be TALKATIVE!!

Project Bad Fic!BFF

  • Oct. 6th, 2007 at 7:49 PM
None of this is of my own creation. My muse objected to bad fic, so I scoured The Pit for terrible summaries and notes, and compiled them into "BFF!" Apologies if anyone finds something from their own fic here.

project bad fic! Missy in Space

  • Oct. 5th, 2007 at 2:54 PM
I suk at summeriez. i thikn i suk at writin to, but u can all review and tell me. PLZ REVIEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!