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09 April 2005 @ 12:42 am
I want to kill my layout, BUT HOW?  
*sniggers*

Once upon a time in fandom, I used to print out fics because of some misguided notion that wasting all that ink would be better than saving them onto my mother's dinosaur of a computer. I no longer have the patience for that, but I still kept all those stories in a manila folder ... which I unearthed today.

The crap I read back then was unreal; I used not have such high standards when it came to reading and my tastes once verged on a passion for parody. The real point here, though, was that amongst the dregs I found my VERY FIRST FIC.

One thing struck me about it, a very odd thing indeed. Not that I chose to do a Potterverse/Narnia crossover. Not that it was Harry/Ron with Ron as a closet transsexual. Not that I had Voldemort as the White Witch, also in drag, in a snowmobile and Dobby as Mr Tumnus. Not that I made Hermione a chain smoker. No, none of those things - none of which, moreover, I made up.

The thing was this: I wrote that when I was about sixteen and a half? I'm now pretty much nineteen. And my writing has not changed one whit. Siriusly. Oh, the subject matter may have got a bit less silly and my tangle with adverbitis came, was battled and is slowly fading; but aside from that, after three years of this ... still the same.

Pretty depressing.

But not as depressing as the cache of cross-dressing!Harry fics I seem to have stumbled on. (Although people in glass houses, yadda yadda yadda.)
 
 
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balfrog on April 8th, 2005 05:18 pm (UTC)
aaaah!
what happened to your layout?

anyway,
you should post the baby fic. because.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on April 9th, 2005 01:08 pm (UTC)
Scary things, because the technology makes my tiny brain hurt.

When I see an aerial pig I shall surely do this thing.
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kabeyk on April 8th, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC)
Ahh! Mint-green!

If you didn't write really well I might feel sorry for your stable standard of writing predicament, but you do so I don't. If I'd written that well when I was sixteen... Well I don't know, but still; it would've been nice.

Thankfully my writing has improved in leaps and bounds since even my first fanfic less than a year ago, and I cringe reading my 'first novel'(2-3 yrs ago) which is so so so so bad I hate it so much the only thing slavagable is the plot. Hmm.

Sometimes I wish I had a secret cache of cross-dressing Harry fics. And I definitely wish I'd written one. Narnia! Sorry. Hee.

Also; I wanna Discworld icon!

kxx
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on April 9th, 2005 01:11 pm (UTC)
Yes; I wanted everything to be mint and white but alas, the overrides Confunded me.

Heh, I've never managed to even write enough to be considered a 'novel'. I always had a habit of going off in wierd writing tangents, like about ants, and confusing my teacher. Nothing has changed.

I can give you the links if you want them. *is doubtful* I find them a bit off-colour, but that's me.

You can have! Credit to snarkophagus.
starts with k: Robert Doisneauanyotherknight on April 8th, 2005 05:46 pm (UTC)
I think everyone else starts like that. I found my first short-story, written when I was fourteen, and burned it in traditional Viking ceremony.

It's like you have to have that first serious work. That one you have wonderfully high hopes for, then forget about, only to come back to it in a year and discover how crap it was. Everyone has to start out with that crutch-fic that vaults them into writing; the one that you can't fix, no matter how you try, but you leave it hiding in your closet or burn it in a ceremony because it's still your very first piece*, and it's special in that way.

*I could liken this to blushing virgins fumbling in the dark, but I'll spare you.

Cross-dressing Harry is good. I discovered a cross-dressing Draco I printed off a while back in the bottom of my laundry hamper today.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on April 9th, 2005 01:14 pm (UTC)
I wrote my first story when I was six. It was called the Dead Donkey. My mother keeps it in delusional pride. Fortunately of my tween years nothing survives except a memory of long blonde hair.

I don't know about serious; I do know that I sat and planned it out and was nervous just about writing it. Now I blithely write swear words and post stuff and everything and just get annoyed at uploading times and things. I'm glad I didn't post that one though, the shame now would have been mighty.

Cross-dressing leaves me cold. Odd, considering I used dress my brother up in my frocks.
Katkyasuriin on April 8th, 2005 08:58 pm (UTC)

aww, you're only almost 19? don't take this the wrong way, but you're mature beyond your years (in a nice way, not in a grandmotherly way). is there a cello on your strange layout background? can only see the bridge and a bow.. so strange.. how did this happen?
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on April 9th, 2005 01:22 pm (UTC)
Why, thank you! *is flattered* I have to say though, you're one of the very few who'd say so, given that I can't cook or nothing.

Oh, that's the picture from Notting Hill! If you've seen it, it's from the scene where Will and Julia Roberts' character discuss it, 'Love is not love without a violin-playing goat'. I thought it was a Chagall but a google turned up nothing, so I had to put in 'violin playing goat' and got the one image, a pretty poor one, that you now see. It's kind of irritating as it takes the page longer to upload.

/ramble
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Gin: get ready for thisbackinblack on April 9th, 2005 12:23 am (UTC)
My writing has changed to the point where I don't recognize stuff from even two years ago. Hopefully it's changed for the better but then I think about my plot ideas and figure that no, it pretty much hasn't.

We're around the same age! W00t!
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on April 9th, 2005 01:25 pm (UTC)
Nope. *sighs* The only thing that's changed with mine is that it's not longer Draco/Hermione. My plot ideas have disappeared into a blue fug also, all the stuff I've posted is from last summer. Oh well.

Yay! It's a great age. I hope.

*worships AbFab icon*
Insufferable, man.: rings - proverbcynicalpirate on April 9th, 2005 05:36 am (UTC)
*is bashful* Oh, I do that printing thing... but only occasionally... I have the first chapter of Shoebox, which I heart because it was what got me into S/R... and a whole heap of other stuff (which includes you!).

Not only did I use to read crap (woah, that grammar is WACK) but I left nice reviews for it. I was such a pushover.

My old stories are horrific. (I also have/had adverbism bad.) I wrote PotC Sues, Ron/RubberDuck and het. A lot of het. Horrific OC het. (And not the good kind of OC.)

Not that I chose to do a Potterverse/Narnia crossover. Not that it was Harry/Ron with Ron as a closet transsexual. Not that I had Voldemort as the White Witch, also in drag, in a snowmobile and Dobby as Mr Tumnus. Not that I made Hermione a chain smoker. No, none of those things - none of which, moreover, I made up.

You can't conceive how much I want to read that. You ho. *dies*

You mean you wrote like this when you were sixteen? You were, what, some kind of child genius a la Mozart?

I hates lobes you.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on April 9th, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC)
I have the advantage, you see, of simply saving to my harddrive as it is all mine and mine alone, yes precious! I was so odd, though - I used print out things before I'd even READ them, on the hopes that they'd be good from the summary, then go off and read them in a quiet corner. Odd, odd, odd.

I was a lurker until I started posting my own stuff and realised that reviews are a pearl beyond price and whatnot.

Oh, I don't believe anything you wrote could be crap. Go on away out of that, wumman!

Sadly - no. I mean, this is a quote, right:

'Right...' Dobby muttered. 'OK...I am a bad house elf - well everyone knew that already, I have low self-esteem, all right? I'm under the service of the White Witch to kidnap kids and bring them to her - except Dumbledore the bastard brought in Stranger Danger, I hope he's realised how hard he's made my jon! - she makes it always winter and never Christmas! Think of that!'

I even used the word HOT.

'But what are you, honey?' the Witch asked, moving closer and her hips suggestively. 'Aside from majorly HOT, that is? Are you an overgrown dwarf that has cut of its sexy sexy beard?'

See? You didn't want to know. Mozart, I think not, more like...Metalhead.
passionate trousersgalindaupland on April 9th, 2005 11:06 am (UTC)
It's not depressing! Seriously, it's not bad having the same writing style...it's better than having no writing style! *snicker* I'd like to read that...

Today is my birthday!
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on April 9th, 2005 01:29 pm (UTC)
Very true, m'dear!

But no, mine eyes only shall every peruse that schlock.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

*does elbow dance for you*
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Lord Marmaduke Newbrycatsmeat on April 9th, 2005 12:37 pm (UTC)
Personally, I think you should post it.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on April 9th, 2005 01:27 pm (UTC)
But sadly, there are not three moons in the sky, which are the only circumstances under which I would.
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bat crime: and this one's for youiceetoile on April 9th, 2005 01:54 pm (UTC)
wah! That fic must be returned to the world of the fandom! Its craziness is needed. Plus, we can all have a good evil laugh at crossderessing!Ron and dragWhiteWitch!Voldemort, which actually I can't even begin to imagine. cool.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on April 9th, 2005 02:05 pm (UTC)
No, indeed it is not! Fie for speaking so! It has purple elephants! It must be sacrificed to Quetzaovercoatl for its crassness!
Hels: beerswingsister on April 9th, 2005 06:54 pm (UTC)
...is it wrong that I know want to read this fic? It sounds fun.

Plus, putting "Voldemort" and "White Witch" in the same sentence made a small part of my subconcious go "Voldemort/White Witch OTPOMGSQUEEEE!".
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on April 10th, 2005 02:24 am (UTC)
*is ghastly* Everyone seems to want to read it! My assurances of it's utter crapness seem to be falling on deaf ears...

Don't forget: 'in drag', 'on a snowmobile' and 'marketing a range of dragonskin robes for transvesitites'.

Maybe one day, when I have something good to compare it to.
Caitcoralia13 on April 11th, 2005 02:39 pm (UTC)
I'm a little late to the ball here, but...

I think that this sounds a lot like when you look at photos of yourself from when you were ten, eleven, etc. and think, ACK! I look the same. Of course you are not, but it can seem that way. There are similarities, because you are you, for always and ever. But it's the subtleties, the new plot lines, the elimination of excessive adverbs, that are the little, but hugely important, changes.

My dear, your writing rocks. That is a first hand account.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on April 12th, 2005 06:27 am (UTC)
But it's the subtleties, the new plot lines, the elimination of excessive adverbs, that are the little, but hugely important, changes.

*grins* Cheers, darlin'. That's just what I wanted to hear.
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