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02 May 2008 @ 10:49 pm
my point is that, if I'm honest, my life is all about me.  
I seriously doubt anyone sits around lamenting the huge time gaps between my fic postings, but I worry about such things. As amusing as my random journal entries are (not), I much prefer to imagine people are hanging around to read my stories. Of which there is a distinct paucity, I know.

The thing is I've decided I want to write a book. In fact, I've written 30,000 words of it already. But I also want to start a band and write a song, and to wear a bikini (possibly, to avoid the high likelihood of extensive third-degree burns, inside). It's weird having ambitions; I've never had any before.

However, the writing of the book appears to be the only fun part. Editing is horrific enough when it's fanfic and not - technically - compulsory. I get sick of my own stories pretty quick. Also, all the writing I've ever done (discounting the Sweet Valley High pastiches I wrote in my tweens) has been shared with the internet. I don't think I want to write without it.

What I'm trying to say, in the most circumlocutious manner possible – am avoiding highly active antiretroviral therapy and the ramifications thereof, yo! - is that I'd like to make my original fic and fanfic equal foci on this journal. With two notable exceptions, the original fic I write is almost identical to fanfic. And my fanfic is known for containing well-tolerated original characters. So. This will be.

I'm making a poll not because the data will sway me one way or another, but because I have a poll function and I'm damn well going to use it.


Poll #1181590 Origific versus fanfic: gloves are off

What's your poison?

fanfic
18(15.7%)
origific
32(27.8%)
both
63(54.8%)
gabe!
2(1.7%)

But why are you here, no really?

 
 
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: PATD: Brendon's squishyscoradh on May 2nd, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
*thoughtful* It's not really a case of will I write origific, it's will I post it. Again, I mean. I think the fact that people haven't stoned me yet for the bandom dabbling has given me courage.
mrsquizzical: hushsoundmrsquizzical on May 2nd, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
i couldn't fit my (rambly) answer in the box.

i won't read all fic regardless of fandom. i will read origific if the premise interests me or if i trust the author enough to know it will be good.

i friend the journal of a writer if the interplay between what they write and who they are intrigues me.

so sure. i'll read your origific if you post it, too!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: PATD: Ryan + bakerboy capscoradh on May 3rd, 2008 09:18 am (UTC)
i won't read all fic regardless of fandom

Bless you, I would never expect that! I don't do it, and some people do, but it's all a matter of taste. (And in my case, how desperate you are for something new. Hi, bandom.)

i friend the journal of a writer if the interplay between what they write and who they are intrigues me.

\0/ I'm so taking that as a compliment. :DDD
mrsquizzical: boyhandsmrsquizzical on May 3rd, 2008 10:09 am (UTC)
sure is a compliment, baby! ;~)
Goss: HP - Draco - Makanigossymer on May 2nd, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
Considering I rec fics that are both fanfics and original (today being aprime example) acn honestly say I'm interested in whateve you write XD Well, at least the slash haha
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: An interview icon -- Harryscoradh on May 3rd, 2008 09:19 am (UTC)
I'd like to say I'd never write non-slash, but I also said I'd never cut a fringe again, and I did. But I'm mostly interested in slash (original or otherwise), and my first two origifics were slash, as is the one I'm writing now. So you're safe for at least a little while!
JRevalangui on May 2nd, 2008 11:52 pm (UTC)
As long as you are writing I'm happy (and sharing it, because I'm selfish like that), that said, I'm still very hooked to the Albus/Severus fic :)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Heart treescoradh on May 3rd, 2008 09:20 am (UTC)
Hee, cool! And that is going somewhere, I promise.
featherofeelingfeatherofeeling on May 3rd, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
I'm here for the fanfic, but I'd love to read your original work!

If you're posting as part of your editing/novel-writing process, though, you should do a post on what kinds of comments/critiques would be welcome--level of detail, positive/negative, suggestions, etc. I know some people want extensive feedback on original work while others just want an audience to help motivate.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Marie Antoinettescoradh on May 3rd, 2008 09:21 am (UTC)
Excellent. *puts down your name on the BINDING CONTRACT*

That is a fantastic suggestion, thank you. I mean, I would be mainly posting it for the lols (other people's, hopefully), but if people want to concrit they are free to do so.
featherofeelingfeatherofeeling on May 3rd, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
Cool! I expect lols to ensue (the good kind). It'd just be helpful for your readers to post about expectations so no one's confused. :)
sleepingfingers on May 3rd, 2008 04:40 am (UTC)
I originally friended you for your AS/S fics, but I fell in love with your PoT fics as well as the two original fics you have up here. I only read fanfics in fandoms and pairings I'm interested in, but I'll read any and all original fics from you as long as the premise sounds appealing enough, because I like your stories and writing style. :)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: CS+TAI: heart handsscoradh on May 3rd, 2008 09:23 am (UTC)
Thank you very much! I did try two (very short) experimental stories that I'll post up here just so I don't lose them, but otherwise I've pretty much found my metier and am sticking to it. STICKING LIKE GLUE.
meddie_flowmeddie_flow on May 3rd, 2008 08:22 am (UTC)
I'm here for your HP fic, as I've said in the poll. The thing with origi!fic, is that there are endless original fics out there starting with Crime and punishment. I like your writing style and that's 40% the fic for me, but the content is more important.

I read libby_drew's original stories, 'cause they're still m/m, they focus on the relationship between two characters, becoming at some point a show of reactions and emotions. That's what I'm looking for.

I read m/m original fic as well, though it's much harder to find something well-written on the web.

So, it depends what's it about. I will most likely start reading it, though I'm unsure whether I'll stick with it through the end.

Oh, and on a side note, is there a chance you'll stop writing HP fic and/or AS/S? I understand one might get fed up with reading/writing it, but please understand my frustration :) I am one of those who internally lament the huge gaps between good WiP chapters, worrying there won't be any more.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Hush Sound: Greta + pianoscoradh on May 3rd, 2008 09:28 am (UTC)
I stand by the idea that there needs to be more fanfic-LIKE origific in the world - in other words, slash that focuses on relationships and all the crazy shit that can go down just from that. Not all these capital I issues like AIDs and so on. So. That's my aim.

Your honesty is refreshing, if not entirely necessary. I mean, I'm going to post these things if only two people read them (and I'm pretty sure two will - jonem and pooklet, see, who I secretly bribe). If you don't like it, you certainly don't have to read it! You're here for the ASS, that's fine.

Speaking of, I have no current plans to stop writing HP fic in general or Three Steps Back in particular. It's on hold, but that's because I'm busy in RL. :D
Margravine Palavar: Van Dyck Margravine 2margravine on May 3rd, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
Well, I've been friended to you since 100 years ago when I joined Hogwarts Elite and you commented on my journal. I actually still remember that what you said was something about how you reckon you'd have a good time if pandas ruled the world. I friended you because that's a refreshing point of view, but then I read some of your writing and was so very impressed. I think you were still writing about Terry Boot back then and your take on him was a lot of fun. It was nice reading about someone at Hogwarts whose life didn't revolve around Harry at all. (Which is not to say that I dislike reading about any of the main characters either.) What I like about your fanfic is that it's so very much your own creation with J.K. providing a li'l background.

Just the other day I was feeling like reading something other than the books I had at hand and was specifically lamenting the lack of you written new stories so phooey on your first sentence there. I'd just read The Problem With Elephants the week before for the third time and loved it even more. That's my magic make it or break it number where my critical faculties aren't disabled by the newness of whatever I'm reading. Kind of my "old friends who are always welcome to visit" point with a book or a story.

This is my long rambly way of saying I love to read whatever you write. I read your bandfic and really enjoyed it despite having no particular Wentz or Way allegiances. Whatever you feel like posting here is fine by me. There's a lot of very bad writing out there and I feel fortunate to know of a journal that contains so much charm and intelligence.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: MCR: Mikeyway's orgasm facescoradh on May 3rd, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
*dies* Pandas ruling the world? I can't remember that, but it really does sound like something I'd say. And oh, that Terry Boot fic. I went through a phase of using no adverbs whatsoever in that fic. It was good for me, no doubt, but incredibly incredibly painful.

Those last two paragraphs made me go all starry-eyed. Three times, seriously? ♥ I'm just ... yeah, I'll go away now and wait for my head to deflate. *loves on you*
_aurora_sky_: My Harry_aurora_sky_ on May 17th, 2008 04:15 am (UTC)
I can honestly say I'm one of the people you've imagined -- I wait patiently for more of Three Steps Back. Proof: Look at my LJ and you'll see I've linked to you, so I have an easy way of checking your journal for an TSB update about once a week ;) Stalker much? There're probably worse than me ;)

Although in reading some of your RL entries I'm baffled that someone as in love with slash and fic is also utterly successful and doing Adult Things out in the world. It's ridiculously awesome and intimidating. I just get this general image of slashers being 20-somethings in college or ending high school, but you're out there being important, and making time for slash, gracing us fangirls/boys with your awesome writing, and that's made of win, imo. Gives me hope as a recently unemployed 25-year-old slash lover who's wondering how the hell she'll pull her life together now. ^~

As for original fic -- if you're writing about gay bois (which it looks like you are!) I'm there. I actually found your OCs in RLT to be utterly believable and lovable -- something that's never happened for me with OCs in fic. So it seems logical that an original fic you write would have equally as believable and lovable characters ^_^ I feel like so many people write gay fiction that focused on being gay, and not so much about being human. I get the feeling you might lean toward the human element, which would be refreshing.

LOL, and even if it was just about boisex, it'd probably be pretty damn good and I'd read >D

Alright, back to lamenting the time since the last TSB post ;) Just know -- you've got fans like that floating about out here >D
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: PATD: madhair Ryroscoradh on May 17th, 2008 10:24 am (UTC)
Although in reading some of your RL entries I'm baffled that someone as in love with slash and fic is also utterly successful and doing Adult Things out in the world.

This kind of reminds me of something my mom said - not the successful part, as she knows me too well for that ;D - but a point she made, saying that even though she knows me better than anyone, she knows nothing about this side of my life. Yet it's such a big deal to me, in the way people who are really up on their hobbies are. I just really like writing, what can I say?

I feel like so many people write gay fiction that focused on being gay, and not so much about being human.

I hope I focus in on that part! I'm kind of a hypocrite, given that I swallow all sorts of tosh as long as the pretty boys kiss in other people's stories. But in my own, it's reality-trumps-all.

It's comments like these that make me ever more determined to get back on the TSB horse. My exams are over on Wednesday, then I need to sleep for a week, and THEN...
make damn suresommeliers on May 18th, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)
H-HI this is just some random lurker who waywardly landed on your lj in search of good slashfics. I can honestly say I'm uh .... completely enamoured with what I've read so far, and that I'm reading your original stories instead of revising BUT THE FEELING IS UTTERLY VALIDATED. ♥ So yes, I'd love to see some more original stories from you -- it's been a long time since I've been engrossed in a fic till its climax without wavering in attention at all -- and your writing is ultimately, absolutely refreshing. In the event I seem a little unexpected and, in all honestly, a little creepy, I .... have nothing to say >> orz

THANK YOU FOR RENOVATING MY FAITH IN SLASH AUTHORS /o/
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Pikachuscoradh on May 18th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
Where better to post opinions on my stories than on my journal? Seriously, don't sweat it - I love hearing from people.

I'm hoping to get a lot of fic out there in the next month or so - see you there!

And you're very welcome. :D