Archive for April, 2010

writing fundom

April 28, 2010

So I’ve gotten requests for continuity for pieces I’m done with.  I know I’m not the only one.  I know I’m also not the only one who finds them flattering….but.  (But I’m not going to write it, but I’m done, but, but, etc.)

Here’s the thing that occurred to me:  people who read fanfiction are the last people in the world who understand what that “but” means.  Because they’re not satisfied with canon – and they’re looking for more content.  They found me, so they can find what they’re looking for – and they want more.  It’s not bad by any means, except that I’m not going to do it, and for that, I’m a bit sorry.  Not sorry enough, however, to actually write more.

Because I’m a little like that too – I’m actually a producer of fanfic – so I know the desire to get more content.  I just happen to produce some of my own, that’s all.

Here’s another one: I’ve had somebody ask if they could continue with one of my pieces.  (First time that’s happened, actually.)  I declined as politely as I could.  There’s nothing stopping them from doing something very similar – just use their own words and leave me out of it.  The idea is out there, and it’s all free.  I should be okay with this – except, I’m a little not.  Just because I like how I put my own words together, and I wouldn’t necessarily like how they graft their ideas onto my words. That’s weird from the land of fanfiction, isn’t it?  I should be a little freer with my stuff – I mean, in the end, it’s mostly somebody else’s intellectual property.  I just happened to have sweated over a tiny piece of it myself.

Maybe I’m just too close to it right now, and I had my own ideas for that piece.  (Which we shall see if those ideas are put together in an audience-pleasing way.)  Maybe if there was a piece that I had left undone and really wasn’t going to finish that I could let roam free and be taken up by any passersby.  (Sounds sad, doesn’t it?  Abandoned story, looking for loving writer to finish so all characters can go home.)

continuity

April 21, 2010

I want to get this off my chest:

Sometimes, I really think that plotting/continuity in long-term series often really blows chunks.  Because plots get dragged on, threads disappear, stuff sometimes happen and it’s never explained why.

Also as a writer and as a reader, I do believe in endings.

So, sometimes, I want to tell a particular artist – “clip it!”  Next scene!  Even though the thing I’m rushing to is the pay-off – the important plot points being illustrated might make the pay-off even bigger.  See, that’s the thing.  Sometimes, those extra scenes are key to understand and I’m sorry I blew by them, and sometimes, those extra scenes are just extra.  And that’s what annoys me.

But as a writer, I really really admire anybody who can keep up a story, almost no matter what.  Week after week, day in and day out.  Even things I thought annoying as a kid – Prince Valiant and Dick Tracy and Brenda Starr in the comic pages.  Somebody’s really thinking there.  One hopes for the sake of the readers, anyway.  (I wasn’t one.  But now, structurally, it’s interesting.  I still don’t have the constitution to be able to just read it, week after week – I like big chunks of plot until I finish whatever darn thing I’m reading.)

I just want to make sure that what I write is key and not just filler.  Everybody, almost uniformly, hates filler.  And in fanfiction, let’s admit it, it’s all filler – so you’ve got to be on top of your game to make sure people don’t hate on you for really pointless filler.

Sigh.  (Can you tell where I am in my writing by this little piece?)

Ides of April

April 1, 2010

It’s tax time, tax time, (hums drearily). It’s not the doing of them exactly – it’s the gathering of receipts and reading and re-reading the instructions to things I thought I understood how to do until the time comes to put it all through on the worksheet.  Tax math is messed up!  Then I keep going back to the files to get more and more documentation – or else contact the originator to get said documentation.   That’s annoying as all get- out.

So no writing until the dang things are filed.

But, in the spirit of cleaning and gathering, I bring you my recent finding.

I love TV shows about people cleaning out and organizing their houses.   Love them!   (Yes, my TV watching matches the stage in my life.  I loved wedding shows until the day after my wedding and I loved house-hunting shows until we closed on our house.   Some day, I will find Andy Rooney funny. Someday.  The one exception to this ‘time in my life’ thing is the baby-birthing shows  – I totally couldn’t watch them – too close to the bone there because stuff can go seriously wrong, if you know what I mean.)

Anyway, I love seeing people’s junk and watching them go through their garage sales. It always surprises me, though, that people seem surprised that they will be asked to give up some stuff they don’t want to do. Hello? This is why you have so much clutter – you can’t give up stuff!

Anyway, I’m hardly one to talk.   I got lots of crap in my house too – a lot of it hand-me-downs that I’m hoping to hand back someday.   Although I am feeling virtuous because I unloaded a ton of maternity and baby clothes recently. (Still have a ton, but that’s because my sister wants me to hold onto them, just in case she has another.  Sisters, sheesh.)