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my learning curve took a decade
Adam One
seperis
I had a Moment. It is not a particularly enlightening moment. I am never going to finish uploading fic to the archive. I will be doing this on my deathbed, poking keys and hating the universe.

I have also run into a problem with anything pre-Smallville; most my cowriters are not in fandom any longer, and that is a lot of fic, both at the series level and at the story level. I'm getting the impression we're not supposed to upload cowrites, which is a bitch, because some of the best work I did in those fandoms was done with Sare Liz and Bishclone. I uploaded a couple automatically, and now I'm staring at them blankly. I'm not sure what to do about this.

Also, what about a cowriter that's not speaking to you? How do you handle that, I ask? Which totally is not a problem I am having, of course, this is totes hypothetical and there might be two or perhaps three, and I'm really unsure about the etiquette of contacting them with a "Hey, so you are pissed at me and I totally take responsibility, now can I archive our cowrites in AOOO?" Or--something. Miss Manners did not cover the finer points of archive etiquette, and I have to say, I'm disappointed in her for that.

I'm enjoying uploading my bad fic a lot, in a weird way. It's comforting to realize I have gotten better. It feels like I have more authority to mock now when I can point and say "I did that. And it was bad."

Life Lessons Learned From Fandom (and Fanfic), by jenn AND HER FLIST

1.) Subject/predicate agreement is apparently a luxury, not a right, when one is going through a particularly pretentious phase.

2.) Sentence subjects are totes optional if you do it for ~art~. Goddamn I was ~artistic~.

3.) First person pov with mixed verb tenses is not confusing and weird, it's a goddamn ~style choice~ and DIAF grammarwhore.

4.) Repeating a single line over and over is okay when it's about angst. In italics, even.

5.) Always claim drunk posting if you can. It's called plausible deniability.

6.) The healing cock is real and go to hell if you don't believe me.

7.) Agricultural terms as metaphors for sex are hot like burning, bitch.



8.) THE THESAURUS IS YOUR FRIEND! - amireal

9.) cliches are cliches BECAUSE THEY ARE AWESOME. - winterlive

10.) It makes a story deep when grown men cry. Repeatedly. - cathalin

11.) I like longwinded, unfinishable projects. - tricksterquinn

12.) WHAT'S SO WRONG WITH EPITHETS? Why is there no love for them these days? Back In The Day, they were a staple of a good fanfic story. You just *knew* that "the curly-haired rebel" was Blake and "the curly-haired pilot" was Tarrant. The alien telepath, the Delta thief, and the computer tech would go off together and have exciting adventures. LIFE WAS GOOD FOR THE PETITE, BRUNETTE AUTHOR. - teenygozer

13.) Also, you should never say "penis" when there are perfectly good manroots and hardnesses and members out there, waiting to be utilized. - linzeestyle

14.) All facial expressions are primarily channeled through the eyes. Fuck all those facial muscles, what good are they. - stripedpetunia

15.) Also, why use pronouns (or *gasp* names) when you can just use epithets? (I have occasionally received concrit suggesting that names and 'he' are boring and I need more, like, 'the blond(e) captain' and 'the catlike Vulcan', just for example. I have learned to agree to disagree with these commenters.) - stripedpetunia

16.) Also, song lyrics. ALL THROUGHOUT THE FIC. Am I right? - stripedpetunia

17.) I will never stop abusing parentheses, though. My thoughts, they can never be fully wrenched out of their non-linear, tangential form. - stripedpetunia





18.) Eyes are never just, say, brown or blue. They are Cerulean. Taupe. Chocolate. Steel. - cathalin

19.) Life is not complete until you have gazed deeply into someone's swirling cerulean orbs. - transtempts

20.) There is no such thing as a sentence fragment. There *are* sentences without things like subjects or objects or verbs or any goddamn sense when taken out of context, but they're like that *intentionally*. Because of *flow*. - serrico

21.) Also, writing dialect/accents via the use of a tonne of dropped letters and apostrophes is totally a valid style choice. *nod* - serrico

22.) Don't forget that in the sex scenes, any males involved must be really, really hung. - geeklite

23.) Two virgins will always have fabulous sex, culminating in multiple mutual screaming orgasms. 'Cause it's fated, or something. - boochicken

24.) Any child that shows up in any fic should be precocious and adorable. More so if they are an MPREG assbaby. - counteragent

25.) Should any gay anal sex happen in a fic a conviniently placed bottle/jar/whatever recipient of amazingly slippery lube will always be at hand. - blackonice

26.) Also, when involved in a gay relationship, one or both of the members of said relationship will have this driving need to be inside/have inside their partner. (and that's when 25 comes in handy). - blackonice

27.) Dropping into all smallcase, even for names, to denote whispering or something stylistic I'm too stupid to grasp, is a great way to let your reader know it's getting all intimate and stuff, you know? And combine it with ellipses in weird places FTW! - janedavitt





28.) Killing a character makes my fic more *meaningful*, by which I mean *deep*, by which I mean, I am Hemingway. - brown_betty

29.) The healing cock can cure cancer. Trufax. - dorothy1901

30.) Quoting giants of English literature in my titles (and my ficcs, and my summaries) means I'm deep. And so does quoting Evanescence lyrics. - elspethdixon

31.) Being summarily executed by McTabby is a badge of pride, okay? (said summary showed up on someone's icon when they commented on a much more recent fic I'd written about a year ago. My old badfic! It haunts me from beyond its ff.net grave!) - elspethdixon

32.) The shorter guy/skinnier guy/guy with the longest hair is always the uke. - elspethdixon

33.) Doyle is delicate and femininely beautiful. No, really! He's a very delicate and hauntingly lovely thuggish-looking bloke with a bad white boy 'fro. - elspethdixon

34.) Everyone at Hogwarts/in the Pegasus galaxy/in Weiss/in Schwartz/who pilots a Gundam/who is a member of the British navy/who wears a superhero costume IS GAY. All of them. But especially Bobby Drake. - elspethdixon

35.) Gambit and Duo Maxwell were both child prostitutes, as was every single other character who was orphaned and grew up on the streets. Yes, all of them. - elspethdixon

36.) There can never been too many fics that rip off that episode of Starsky & Hutch with the kidnapping and forced heroin addiction. Never. - elspethdixon

37.) Krychek/Avon/Draco/Snape/Sephiroth/Schuldig/Lex Luthor/Seshomaru/Darth Vader/the Joker/Adrian Veidt isn't a bad guy! He's just misunderstood! And angsty! And an abuse survivor! - elspethdixon





38.) Werewolves mate for life! - elspethdixon

39.) Songfics are totally okay if it's one character actually singing the song. REALLY. - synecdochic

40.) Who cares if it makes sense, as long as it's ARTISTIC. - synecdochic

41.) Only the male one, though. The mean streets and slums of Fanficland are entirely free of female child prostitutes. - marinarusalka

42.) Female prostitutes are either filthy sluts who are bad mothers (hi, Sylvia Kovacs), hardbitten but heart-of-gold-posessing women who will take the pretty (male) child prostitute uke main character under their wing, gamine waifs a la Pretty Women who will be resuced by a good man, or Frank Miller characters. Or, sometimes in various CSI shows, murder victims. - elspethdixon

43.) Frank Miller has taught me that all prostitues know some form of kickass martial arts. - elspethdixon

44.) Different parts of the body live their own independent lives. X's hand roamed freely over Y's body. X's tongue snaked into Y's mouth. Etc. - ev_vy



Anyone have anything to add? This is, of course, 100% hypothetical and of course you didn't do any of this. So you know, go for it.

THE THESAURUS IS YOUR FRIEND!

I dealt with the coauthor problem where my coauthor isn't on the AO3 by putting it in the notes, same as I do with a remix where the original isn't there.

That's what I did on the two I uploaded, but I'm wary on the series. I wish if there has to be a coauthor field, it wasn't quite so limited. I get why, but it's frustrating. Like a checkbox saying "Are they in the archive already?" or something.

As long as you know what the rules are, grammatically speaking, then you can pick and choose which ones to follow. Sentence fragments are okay, as are really long sentences that include several very confusing parenthetical asides.

(hypothetically, it's possible that these things still happen. sometimes.)

*bites lip* There is that. Just. The power to do something does not mean one should, you know? Especially if you are young and feeling desperately artistic.

cliches are cliches BECAUSE THEY ARE AWESOME.

why wouldn't cowrites be cool for the archive? *does not know much about fanfic politics*

No, it's the way the page is set up for editing fic once uploaded that made me unsure if non-AOOO or non-fan-now people's fic can be added.

It makes a story deep when grown men cry. Repeatedly.


The healing cock is real
You speak the truth.

As the fanfic gods intended.

I kinda want to get drunk and write a healing cock fic with agricultural cliches, grammatical errors and random placement of commas now.

but I have to work in the morning.

decisions, decisions...

DOOOO EEEET.

...I read a lot of Miss Manners. I care about that sort of thing. I have hit and passed my ten years in fandom mark. I like longwinded, unfinishable projects. I COULD TOTALLY MAKE UP ETIQUETTE RULES AND PUBLISH THEM.

::makes the big eyes of you should totatalllllly do that::

I have spent the weekend reading American Idol slash stories, and I BLAME YOU!!!!!

Did you find yeats' rec page? Welcome to losing your life and soul to Adam Lambert.

http://yeats.livejournal.com/188701.html?style=mine

7.) Agricultural terms as metaphors for sex are hot like burning, bitch.

I now have 'We plough the fields and scatter/the good seed on the ground' running through my head on a loop, dammit!

It is honestly better you continue unaware of this horror. THE LESS YOU KNOW THE FEWER NIGHTMARES YOU WILL HAVE.

4.) Repeating a single line over and over is okay when it's about angst. In italics, even.

Hee. I want to say that I remember writing like that, except I'm pretty sure I still do it.

I still do it.

So do I.

And it's scary how often.

So do I.

WHAT'S SO WRONG WITH EPITHETS? Why is there no love for them these days? Back In The Day, they were a staple of a good fanfic story. You just *knew* that "the curly-haired rebel" was Blake and "the curly-haired pilot" was Tarrant. The alien telepath, the Delta thief, and the computer tech would go off together and have exciting adventures. LIFE WAS GOOD FOR THE PETITE, BRUNETTE AUTHOR.

I actually had a beta tell me I should do this rather than use the character names too much. A process I've since dropped.

Agricultural metaphors?

Yeah, I have a hypothetical problem like the one you mention above. I really wanted to finish that story, too. Um. Hypothetically. And hypothetically, would it help smooth things over if I said that the meds I was taking at the time were making me depressed and paranoid? Yeah, I didn't think so.

Agricultural metaphors would include things like plowing... his field. And -- I have no idea what else? But I'm sure there are other, related metaphors.

Sorry for posting twice, but I just noticed something:

HOLY SHIT YOU CHANGED YOUR DEFAULT.

omg omg *crosses fingers* *enables* *offers cookies*

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