ratherastory: ([Futurama] Drama)
Due to some recent anon comments to my fanfic that were downright rude/possibly someone trolling me and other commenters in the entry, I am now screening anon comments AND forcing anon commenters to verify that they're "real" with CAPTCHA.

This sucks, because I know a couple of people do comment here who don't have LJ accounts. You can blame the internet trolls for this extra level of hassle in your lives. I will NOT have people coming in and being rude to me and to my friends in my own space.

Even if you think my fanfiction is utter shit (which is your right), I will thank you to mind your manners. If you can't manage that, I will delete your comment with extreme prejudice. Fair warning.
ratherastory: ([Slings & Arrows] Train Wreck)
Just had to ban someone from [livejournal.com profile] ohsam for posting the most horrific, insulting, gross comment to someone I happen to like and respect tremendously. Heck, even if it had been to someone I don't know, it would be just as bad.

It was an older post, too, and the comment seemed totally unprovoked as far as I could tell. It's not a bot, either, because I went and checked to see (so I could report the bot if necessary), it seems to be an actual person with other fandom people friended.

What the hell, I ask you?

Needless to say, this person's ass has been banned from the comm, no questions asked. This is the good thing about being the mod: I can decide if there will be second chances, and this time there will be none.

Jesus.
ratherastory: (Default)
*scratches head*

So it's not exactly a secret that I am usually pretty happy to get plot bunnies/prompts from people, with the caveat that 1) I may not be able to write them if they don't strike the right cord, and 2) I may not get to them right away. In fact, sometimes it's months before I can get to a prompt.

tl;dr I cannot write ALL the prompts, okay? )
ratherastory: (Default)
*scratches head*

So it's not exactly a secret that I am usually pretty happy to get plot bunnies/prompts from people, with the caveat that 1) I may not be able to write them if they don't strike the right cord, and 2) I may not get to them right away. In fact, sometimes it's months before I can get to a prompt.

tl;dr I cannot write ALL the prompts, okay? )
ratherastory: (Assembly)
Okay.

Some of you may have heard about the latest... *looks for a polite word* disturbance in fandom, which on the surface was a discussion about the creation of a Gen Big Bang, which would focus entirely on gen fics. Not as an alternative to the current Big Bang, but simply as an extra one, if you will.

WAIT! Before you go on to tell me everything that was wrong with the OP's post, you can stop right there. I know what was wrong with it, I agree, and that's NOT what this post is about at all. It's tangentially related, at best.

I saw this last year when the [livejournal.com profile] deancasbigbang was created too, and it caught me entirely by surprise.

Why are people viewing the creation of separate, smaller, more specific Big Bangs as an either/or proposition?

No, seriously, I don't understand. It's not like having an extra BB suddenly prevents the other one from existing, or prevents people from participating in it, right? There are lots of people who can't participate in the main BB (the [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang) for myriad reasons. (Timing is a big one, especially for people in school, since it coincides with exams and papers and such. Having another large-ish challenge later in the year is a great way for those people to write their long fics and get art for them, if they want it.)

For others, there's no reason they can't do both. I got all excited about it last year, and participated in both, and wrote genfic for both (shocking, I know). I didn't feel like the DCBB people were in any way forcing me out of their sandbox if I didn't have a longish Dean & Cas story to tell (I did, as it happened, but if I didn't I simply wouldn't have signed up). In fact, I was pretty excited about the Big Bangs that proliferated last year -though I will admit that, being newish to fandom last year, I wasn't aware that this wasn't standard practice- because there are few things as thrilling for an author as to get art done for their fic.

So I'm confused about the whole argument about segregating the fandom, or that if there's a separate Gen Big Bang no one outside of gen readers will go read the stories. I mean, aren't people going to cross-post on communities? Maybe not everyone, but those interested in sharing will do it, right? If people have a long, plotty fic, slash or otherwise, that doesn't fit in with, say, the Dean/Cas Big Bang, then they can still write it during that time, can't they? And post it anyway? And maybe, if they're less self-conscious about it than I am, they could ask if someone out there would be willing to do art for them. Maybe. I know I get all twisted in knots about that sort of thing, so I'd understand if it's the same for others. :P

There are other arguments against multiple Big Bangs that make more sense to me. Like, because of the huge amount of work that an author puts into their fic, and because they have to respect their posting date, they often end up producing less fic during the Big Bang season. Same with exchanges and challenges. So that feels like a more valid argument to me: that people are leaving aside ideas because they're too stressed about ongoing "big" projects which have looming deadlines.

What I don't get, like I said, is the notion that somehow this is some sort of twisted, underhanded ploy to divide fandom.

So can someone explain this?


:::ETA:::
...

It occurs to me that this might possibly attract attention. So. As usual, the rules of healthy debate apply here. Please avoid flaming, ad hominem attacks, and the like. Feel free to comment anonymously, but I will screen/delete anonymous replies that are deliberately wanky. JSYK.
ratherastory: (Assembly)
Okay.

Some of you may have heard about the latest... *looks for a polite word* disturbance in fandom, which on the surface was a discussion about the creation of a Gen Big Bang, which would focus entirely on gen fics. Not as an alternative to the current Big Bang, but simply as an extra one, if you will.

WAIT! Before you go on to tell me everything that was wrong with the OP's post, you can stop right there. I know what was wrong with it, I agree, and that's NOT what this post is about at all. It's tangentially related, at best.

I saw this last year when the [livejournal.com profile] deancasbigbang was created too, and it caught me entirely by surprise.

Why are people viewing the creation of separate, smaller, more specific Big Bangs as an either/or proposition?

No, seriously, I don't understand. It's not like having an extra BB suddenly prevents the other one from existing, or prevents people from participating in it, right? There are lots of people who can't participate in the main BB (the [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang) for myriad reasons. (Timing is a big one, especially for people in school, since it coincides with exams and papers and such. Having another large-ish challenge later in the year is a great way for those people to write their long fics and get art for them, if they want it.)

For others, there's no reason they can't do both. I got all excited about it last year, and participated in both, and wrote genfic for both (shocking, I know). I didn't feel like the DCBB people were in any way forcing me out of their sandbox if I didn't have a longish Dean & Cas story to tell (I did, as it happened, but if I didn't I simply wouldn't have signed up). In fact, I was pretty excited about the Big Bangs that proliferated last year -though I will admit that, being newish to fandom last year, I wasn't aware that this wasn't standard practice- because there are few things as thrilling for an author as to get art done for their fic.

So I'm confused about the whole argument about segregating the fandom, or that if there's a separate Gen Big Bang no one outside of gen readers will go read the stories. I mean, aren't people going to cross-post on communities? Maybe not everyone, but those interested in sharing will do it, right? If people have a long, plotty fic, slash or otherwise, that doesn't fit in with, say, the Dean/Cas Big Bang, then they can still write it during that time, can't they? And post it anyway? And maybe, if they're less self-conscious about it than I am, they could ask if someone out there would be willing to do art for them. Maybe. I know I get all twisted in knots about that sort of thing, so I'd understand if it's the same for others. :P

There are other arguments against multiple Big Bangs that make more sense to me. Like, because of the huge amount of work that an author puts into their fic, and because they have to respect their posting date, they often end up producing less fic during the Big Bang season. Same with exchanges and challenges. So that feels like a more valid argument to me: that people are leaving aside ideas because they're too stressed about ongoing "big" projects which have looming deadlines.

What I don't get, like I said, is the notion that somehow this is some sort of twisted, underhanded ploy to divide fandom.

So can someone explain this?


:::ETA:::
...

It occurs to me that this might possibly attract attention. So. As usual, the rules of healthy debate apply here. Please avoid flaming, ad hominem attacks, and the like. Feel free to comment anonymously, but I will screen/delete anonymous replies that are deliberately wanky. JSYK.

*sadface*

Oct. 30th, 2010 09:19 pm
ratherastory: (Huh?)
I sometimes wonder what show people are watching.

Clearly, it's not the same one I am.

If you need me, I will be over here in my happy bubble that is free of ship wars, character-bashing, and show-bashing in general.

*sadface*

Oct. 30th, 2010 09:19 pm
ratherastory: (Huh?)
I sometimes wonder what show people are watching.

Clearly, it's not the same one I am.

If you need me, I will be over here in my happy bubble that is free of ship wars, character-bashing, and show-bashing in general.
ratherastory: (This Is Stupid)
Holy crap.

Yet another snide suggestion of plagiarism. On the plus side, they keep suggesting I'm plagiarizing talented authors (in this case [livejournal.com profile] kroki_refur), so I guess they think the writing is good?

*shakes head*

It's a crack!fic, people! It's not meant to make sense, it was written off-the-cuff, and just because an author and I have ONE plot element in common does NOT make my work plagiarized!

GAH.

*stabbity*

I am renaming my "fanfiction.net" tag to "pit of voles" now, just out of spite.
ratherastory: (This Is Stupid)
Holy crap.

Yet another snide suggestion of plagiarism. On the plus side, they keep suggesting I'm plagiarizing talented authors (in this case [livejournal.com profile] kroki_refur), so I guess they think the writing is good?

*shakes head*

It's a crack!fic, people! It's not meant to make sense, it was written off-the-cuff, and just because an author and I have ONE plot element in common does NOT make my work plagiarized!

GAH.

*stabbity*

I am renaming my "fanfiction.net" tag to "pit of voles" now, just out of spite.
ratherastory: (I Got Nothin')
It's kind of funny, at this point.

Anonymous Reviewerâ„¢ at ff.net decided that I sold "Thicker Than Water" under false pretenses, because it was too sympathetic to Sam and not sympathetic enough to Dean's POV.

*snort*

I'd really like to know whether said reviewer actually read the summary before reading.
ratherastory: (I Got Nothin')
It's kind of funny, at this point.

Anonymous Reviewerâ„¢ at ff.net decided that I sold "Thicker Than Water" under false pretenses, because it was too sympathetic to Sam and not sympathetic enough to Dean's POV.

*snort*

I'd really like to know whether said reviewer actually read the summary before reading.
ratherastory: (Drama)
I shouldn't read LJ during the wee hours of the morning.

I stumbled across a comment about Season 5, to the effect of the poster "missing" SPN, which she (I assume) hasn't watched lately. The end of the comment was "I miss not hating Sam."

...

I don't get it.

It's poor form to start a conversation at 5:00 am in someone else's LJ which has the potential to turn into a not-very-nice debate, so instead I'm going to vent here.


What show are people watching that they can hate either of the brothers? It's obviously not the same show I've been watching all year. Clearly they or I live in some parallel universe where the show is not the same.

Yes, everyone has made spectacularly shitty decisions: Sam, Dean (Castiel and Bobby and Ellen and Jo and... well, all of them at some point or another). But that's what being human is all about.

I hurt for these boys every time they show up. They're so screwed up and they're both trying so, so hard to make things right, and sometimes they try so hard that they go cross-eyed from being too close to the situation and they fuck things up even more. I yell at my TV, cry for them, cringe for them, and very often find myself clutching the nearest cat for comfort.

But never, not ONCE, not even when Sam was choking Dean, or when Dean was telling Sam that he'd never be able to forgive him, did I hate either of the boys.

All that happened was that I got my heart broken. And, as messed up as that is, that's why I love the show and keep coming back.

I don't get it.
ratherastory: (Drama)
I shouldn't read LJ during the wee hours of the morning.

I stumbled across a comment about Season 5, to the effect of the poster "missing" SPN, which she (I assume) hasn't watched lately. The end of the comment was "I miss not hating Sam."

...

I don't get it.

It's poor form to start a conversation at 5:00 am in someone else's LJ which has the potential to turn into a not-very-nice debate, so instead I'm going to vent here.


What show are people watching that they can hate either of the brothers? It's obviously not the same show I've been watching all year. Clearly they or I live in some parallel universe where the show is not the same.

Yes, everyone has made spectacularly shitty decisions: Sam, Dean (Castiel and Bobby and Ellen and Jo and... well, all of them at some point or another). But that's what being human is all about.

I hurt for these boys every time they show up. They're so screwed up and they're both trying so, so hard to make things right, and sometimes they try so hard that they go cross-eyed from being too close to the situation and they fuck things up even more. I yell at my TV, cry for them, cringe for them, and very often find myself clutching the nearest cat for comfort.

But never, not ONCE, not even when Sam was choking Dean, or when Dean was telling Sam that he'd never be able to forgive him, did I hate either of the boys.

All that happened was that I got my heart broken. And, as messed up as that is, that's why I love the show and keep coming back.

I don't get it.
ratherastory: (Eyeroll)
Oh, fanfiction.net, how you perplex me.

So yet ANOTHER person wrote me a weird review for "Heaven Without You." I swear that story attracts the weirdest comments... mind you, it's also the stand-alone which got the most comments, so maybe the percentages work out.

The latest commenter (who again left no link for me to answer) liked the story, but berated me for not having, and I quote: "a defined supernatural element." She then magnanimously forgives me, because it's a character-driven story.

*snorts*

Good Lord.
ratherastory: (Eyeroll)
Oh, fanfiction.net, how you perplex me.

So yet ANOTHER person wrote me a weird review for "Heaven Without You." I swear that story attracts the weirdest comments... mind you, it's also the stand-alone which got the most comments, so maybe the percentages work out.

The latest commenter (who again left no link for me to answer) liked the story, but berated me for not having, and I quote: "a defined supernatural element." She then magnanimously forgives me, because it's a character-driven story.

*snorts*

Good Lord.
ratherastory: (This Is Stupid)
I'm perplexed. Amused and a little appalled, but mostly perplexed.

Maybe it's because I'm still sort of new to fandom? I've been around for about seven months or so.

First off, I will admit to caving and going to poke at the anon meme after there was controversy about one of the BigBang fics. I'm not touching on that since many, many people have said what needs to be said more than eloquently.

No, what I stumbled across, and have since seen more than a few times on my flist, is that apparently there is wank about the [livejournal.com profile] deancasbigbang. It appears that some people (hard to tell how many since they're all anonymous) have decided that Dean/Cas (or Dean & Cas) fen are elitist princesses who want to segregate the fandom by ships.

Really, fandom? Seriously?

I'm participating in the [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang this year. I was super excited when I saw announcements go up, and I signed up and wrote (and angsted at length here about it). Then later on there was an announcement for the first ever [livejournal.com profile] deancasbigbang and I got all excited about that too! I don't really ship Dean/Cas, but I had an idea for a Dean & Cas fic (yes, it's still going to be gen) and thought it would be the perfect opportunity to write it.

It never even occurred to me that a Dean/Cas BigBang was somehow infringing on the non-D/C people in fandom. All I saw was an opportunity to write.

Someone (anonymous, of course) wrote that they were being denied an opportunity to write their non-D/C fic and were being discriminated against because they shipped something else.

...

Umm. WHAT? Dude, WRITE IT ANYWAY. If you have a long!fic to write that isn't Dean/Cas, then just write it and post it! Why is that hard? If you want art for your fic (and who wouldn't?), then hit up your flist or some of the comms. Maybe you'll luck out and someone will produce art for you.


I'm actually kind of sad at the idea that, just because a group of people got all cranked up and excited about their ship/pairing/whatever, another group of people felt that this was somehow designed to exclude them/make them feel bad. I get all cranked up and excited about SO MANY THINGS about the Show, and never once have my thoughts even veered close to: "That'll show those $fans what for!"

Sheesh.

Also, [livejournal.com profile] nyoka has revealed to me that multi-shippers are like bisexuals and unicorns: we don't exist. As a result, I am halfway tempted to write an orgy fic involving every single main and recurring character from the show, just to watch people's heads explode. You're all VERY LUCKY that I have yet to muster up the courage to write really explicit porn. ;)
ratherastory: (This Is Stupid)
I'm perplexed. Amused and a little appalled, but mostly perplexed.

Maybe it's because I'm still sort of new to fandom? I've been around for about seven months or so.

First off, I will admit to caving and going to poke at the anon meme after there was controversy about one of the BigBang fics. I'm not touching on that since many, many people have said what needs to be said more than eloquently.

No, what I stumbled across, and have since seen more than a few times on my flist, is that apparently there is wank about the [livejournal.com profile] deancasbigbang. It appears that some people (hard to tell how many since they're all anonymous) have decided that Dean/Cas (or Dean & Cas) fen are elitist princesses who want to segregate the fandom by ships.

Really, fandom? Seriously?

I'm participating in the [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang this year. I was super excited when I saw announcements go up, and I signed up and wrote (and angsted at length here about it). Then later on there was an announcement for the first ever [livejournal.com profile] deancasbigbang and I got all excited about that too! I don't really ship Dean/Cas, but I had an idea for a Dean & Cas fic (yes, it's still going to be gen) and thought it would be the perfect opportunity to write it.

It never even occurred to me that a Dean/Cas BigBang was somehow infringing on the non-D/C people in fandom. All I saw was an opportunity to write.

Someone (anonymous, of course) wrote that they were being denied an opportunity to write their non-D/C fic and were being discriminated against because they shipped something else.

...

Umm. WHAT? Dude, WRITE IT ANYWAY. If you have a long!fic to write that isn't Dean/Cas, then just write it and post it! Why is that hard? If you want art for your fic (and who wouldn't?), then hit up your flist or some of the comms. Maybe you'll luck out and someone will produce art for you.


I'm actually kind of sad at the idea that, just because a group of people got all cranked up and excited about their ship/pairing/whatever, another group of people felt that this was somehow designed to exclude them/make them feel bad. I get all cranked up and excited about SO MANY THINGS about the Show, and never once have my thoughts even veered close to: "That'll show those $fans what for!"

Sheesh.

Also, [livejournal.com profile] nyoka has revealed to me that multi-shippers are like bisexuals and unicorns: we don't exist. As a result, I am halfway tempted to write an orgy fic involving every single main and recurring character from the show, just to watch people's heads explode. You're all VERY LUCKY that I have yet to muster up the courage to write really explicit porn. ;)
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Damn. I have so very little time these days and there are ALL these Big Bangs I want to read.

Woe!

*goes back to trying to sort out her life*
ratherastory: (Default)
Damn. I have so very little time these days and there are ALL these Big Bangs I want to read.

Woe!

*goes back to trying to sort out her life*

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