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14 October 2006 @ 02:43 pm
Saturday Randomness  
So, I didn't get my Fanfic Friday up yesterday (but maybe today, as "virtual" Friday). I didn't finish anything NEW last night (and was too tired to muster the energy for the 60_minute_fics challenge, though I liked the prompts, so I might do a latent one.

My birthday is coming up on Thursday *big puppy eyes for fics from f-list folks and drive-bys*. We're hoping to get me a new bike, though we couldn't get a babysitter today to shop for one. My current bike (a gift from my uncle, so I've been riding it into the ground) has reached the point where it's nearly impossible to keep the gears all working (!), and it gets either "Ooh-- a classic" or "Why do you ride this ancient piece of crap?" from people at the bike stores. The new bike must have a shorter handlebar-to-seat distance (I have long legs, but a short torso, so you can see the problem already), and a triple gear cluster. Double will not do!

Tackled the spiders in front of the house with the shop vac. In Sacramento, unlike Oregon or Illinois, we have a TON of spiders and they include this prevalent type that resembles a daddy-long-legs spider and spins froth instead of nice, geometric webs. This sounds like a theme for a bad Country Western song:

       "My porch webs are made by incompetent spiderrrrs..."


I've re-posted a bunch of stuff (and some new stuff) over at fanfiction.net again, and the audience response there is really underwhelming as a whole. Some lovely people DO comment (at least one is also over here on livejournal), but primarily not a lot of commenting. Prison Break Gen (and slash, to some degree) doesn't seem to impress that audience much (they may be MarySue 'shippers for the most part). And Prison Break angst has very little interest. Poor Westmoreland-- his story has few readers and no reviews. Same for the Michael "Falling Away" fic. Tragedy, I tell you. The Supernatural response is better, but still... almost more trouble than it's worth. There also seems to be a fairly small number of readers who understand what "Crackfic" is-- most of them expect humor, and then it's... "Huh. That's bizarre." ;)

Other news: For Prison Break folks, we're winding up pbfic_exchange2, since I can't wait any longer for that final fic to come through (it's been a month already). SO, please go over and make your guesses as to who wrote what (Reveal on Monday!!!), and if you are anyone OTHER than jewels667, lissa_bear, mooyoo, jeyhawk, or clex_monkie89 and you wrote a story.... please email me with what it was, at halfshellvenus @ livejournal dot com. Also, please be thinking about your request prompt for the next round (since I personally was lame about this, and signed up without providing my request last time!)
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Pheebs1pheebs1 on October 14th, 2006 10:05 pm (UTC)
You want anything in particular for your birthday? I am trying to think about your 60 minute fic prompts but I'm not so good with word prompts.. *makes frazzled face*...otherwise I was gonna write a random kissing scene, but a kissing prompt or other prompt might be good? *hugs*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: SN Lovershalfshellvenus on October 14th, 2006 10:08 pm (UTC)
Yummineh!

I mean, all of those sound good. :) I am especially fond of good kissing scenes. *swoons*

Hmm, tosses out vagueness: Cherry soda. Velvet. Knowing smile.

Anything?
Pheebs1pheebs1 on October 14th, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC)
Sam/Dean is your pairing of choice I take it?! And hmm, kissing scene it is. I'm not sure I'll be able to help out on the 60 minute fic front but I shall write you something separate. Velvet, cherry soda, ha ha, now I'm trying to think if I could work them both into something!! I shall see ;)!
mooyoo: Scrubs - Turk Smileymooyoo on October 14th, 2006 10:30 pm (UTC)
almost more trouble than it's worth.

Definitely. Every so often I get a really nice, thoughtful review, but for the most part not so much. Which isn't to say that I don't appreciate short, happy reviews, but even those are hard to come by unless the fic is Michael/Sara or Michael/Mary-Sue. And heh, I've also gotten a random "that was weird" comments. I haven't even posted anything there in a long time, lately I've just been sticking to LJ and pbf.com (which isn't the best archive either in terms of feedback, but at least it's less of a hassle to post there :p)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Casthalfshellvenus on October 15th, 2006 04:23 am (UTC)
And heh, I've also gotten a random "that was weird" comments.
Yes-- and coming from teenagers (as most of the readers are), it brings me to the point of thinking, "Come back later when you've got some perspective." Which would be unfair for a lot of teenagers, but... not so much those ones. ;)

and pbf.com (which isn't the best archive either in terms of feedback, but at least it's less of a hassle to post there :p)
Ditto again. Not a lot of feedback, and the main hassle is running through the front-end (which does help the search functions and such, so it has value later).
mooyoo: Lincoln - SadFacemooyoo on October 15th, 2006 04:29 am (UTC)
The funniest thing about my "that was weird" comments are that they're on the most banal stories - one I remember was in response to one of my random tattoo fics, and I went back and re-read the story a couple of times and then sat there and thought "...what? weird how??"

Ditto again. Not a lot of feedback, and the main hassle is running through the front-end (which does help the search functions and such, so it has value later).

Yeah, what I really like about pbf.com is that it's pretty simple to post and edit the story. You're right, it's mostly the clicking of various categories and info and such that takes a little, but not all that much. Whenever I post to ff.net it always screws around with the formatting and it's sometimes impossible to fix it so that the story looks the way I want it to. Drives me crazy!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on October 15th, 2006 04:36 am (UTC)
Whenever I post to ff.net it always screws around with the formatting and it's sometimes impossible to fix it so that the story looks the way I want it to. Drives me crazy!

Oh, god. WORD. The worst are my drabbles (which I have TON of for Supernatural), where when I have a format like

Title
Drabble text

Next Drabble Title
Drabble text


it just puts a single space between everything and mushes it all together like blather. And I've discovered that ----- is the only story separater that survives the parser. Things like *** or ~~~ are stripped out, and the line is deleted. GAH!
mooyoo: SN - WinchesterAlonemooyoo on October 15th, 2006 04:42 am (UTC)
Grr, I hate that random line spacing. Like the archive is just making up the formatting for your fic. With mine it's always in the header, and sometimes random other places in the story but the header is the only place that I just can't ever fix it. For no real reason, it'll do:
Title
Words
Summary
Rating

Disclaimer

I don't know why that extra space between the last two lines bugs me so much, but it really, really does. It happens every time, and it refuses to allow me to fix it.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on October 15th, 2006 04:48 am (UTC)
It happens every time, and it refuses to allow me to fix it.
Oh, I know! The "edit" and "save changes" are like secret code for "La-di-dah, waste your time fiddling around with line breaks and deletes, and we'll dump your input as soon as you click 'save' so the joke's on you anyway! Hahahahahaha!"
elanurelelanurel on October 14th, 2006 10:32 pm (UTC)
Sadly, some of the feedback I've gotton on fanfiction.net has been hit or miss. Very rarely of the concrit variety.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on October 15th, 2006 04:25 am (UTC)
I have gotten feedback this time around from 4-5 different people (over 4 fandoms) that is thoughtful and well written.

There is _little_ feedback in general, which is disappointing. And when it doesn't miss the mark of the story entirely ("Why isn't this Lincoln & Michael Gen story about Michael/Sara OMG their love is TRU!?") then it's often... incoherent. Honestly. :(
elanurelelanurel on October 15th, 2006 03:01 pm (UTC)
I have two folks who give me the bulk of my feedback beyond "Have you read this series, cause that's what you based your story on" or "Me like, want more." And one of them is my primary beta for everything I write, so I'm glad I posted in that respect as I never would have met her otherwise. (She doesn't LJ.) But it's often a shot in the dark, that's for sure.

Are we back to hos over bros?lissa_bear on October 14th, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC)
Have you considered asking someone to pick up the prompt that hasn't yet been sent in? Maybe someone can write something small before Monday?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on October 15th, 2006 04:27 am (UTC)
I would, except that aspensnow has just fallen off of LJ for months now, so I don't really think it matters that much. The original author keeps telling me the story is "imminently" going to be ready, and if it finally is done then I'll post it. But at this point (a month later of urging and encouragement), I'm just not going to hold up the proceedings any longer. :(

Better luck next time for all of us, that's my motto. ;)

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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on October 15th, 2006 04:29 am (UTC)
99% of the time I just don't get it.
If it isn't well-written (as in, just too random and not actually funny), then I don't get it either. But it's not for everyone. Is that why you're avoiding my last Wincest pirate!Fic? ;) :D

I've come to the conclusion that a lot of crack!threads are nothing more than private jokes.
Oh crack!threads, definitely. What's worse is when the private joke is occurring inside the head of only one person. :0

Excellent "crackfic" spellchecker suggestions. You're right-- that IS the crack all by itself. :)
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on October 16th, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC)
but hon... I just don't get it. I feel so inadequate because I just don't get it. Sorry.
:) That's okay. Crack definitely isn't for everyone. Most of the time, I don't get other people's crack either. :0 But thanks for reading it all the same. :)
PamalaX: Mahonehmmmmmmmmmpamalax on October 15th, 2006 02:36 am (UTC)
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm? B day coming, eh? I've got one
a couple weeks after ya so in the spirit of us old
gals sticking together as we get EVEN OLDER I'd like
to write you a B day fic.

Give a character or two, one sentence - anything
you like, and I'll do my best to whip you up
something fun for Thursday :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on October 15th, 2006 04:33 am (UTC)
Give a character or two, one sentence - anything you like, and I'll do my best to whip you up something fun for Thursday :)
Ooh! *claps*

How about Lincoln/Michael, either slash or fluffyGen (even kid!Fic would be good). Ummmmm, prompt sentences: "Don't put that there," or "I could swear we've talked about this before," or "Yeah, but that was last week."

Don't know if those will help or hurt! :D *is excited*

Thank you, Pamala. :D
PamalaX: mikeyhuhpamalax on October 15th, 2006 02:05 pm (UTC)
Well since its you B day, you're older than me - awww come on don't take that wrong *g* hardly anyone is older than me , I think you should get what you want for your B day and I will do my best, taking a first swing at it, writing a little Michael/Linc slash in your honor.

Since I favor stretching B Days out, a week minimum, here's hoping you have a really great week
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on October 16th, 2006 02:53 am (UTC)
and I will do my best, taking a first swing at it, writing a little Michael/Linc slash in your honor.
Oooh! That would be just wonderful, though I'm really okay with the Gen too. But... a nice stretch for you as well, I think. :D

Looking forward to it. That's got to improve the fact of getting older-- lovely presents make all the difference. ;)
I'm for wine and the embrace of questionable women: michaelmissyjack on October 16th, 2006 12:22 am (UTC)
Would lvoe to write you a birthday fic - so toss me a prompt, pairing and /or genre. happy to do PB or Spn. I am your fic slave for a day!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on October 16th, 2006 03:25 am (UTC)
Ooh, ooh! *excitement*

How about SPN, either Gen or Slash, and something on the prompted of "Haunted."

Or would you rather try out PB? :D
I'm for wine and the embrace of questionable women: lincmissyjack on October 16th, 2006 03:30 am (UTC)
i've never done PB, so I'd love to give it a try esp for you! so give me a prompt.

Who knows? if you're very good you might get both!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on October 16th, 2006 05:36 am (UTC)
Eeep! *dies from the idea of both-ness*

Okay, for PB, ummmm Lincoln/Michael slash or gen, prompt of "Inescapable" or "Unplanned." How's that? :D
I'm for wine and the embrace of questionable womenmissyjack on October 16th, 2006 05:40 am (UTC)
*squee* plots bunnies everywhere!
jellicle on October 19th, 2006 01:48 pm (UTC)
♥ hearts; ♥ Happy birthday, sweetie!!!
I wish you joy, love, fortune, peace and all the best that is in the world! Happy birthday! ♥ ♥ ♥
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on October 19th, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, Jellicle! *Hugs and dances you, and offers you cake!*

I'm so glad to have in you my LJ life. :)