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ratherastory ([personal profile] ratherastory) wrote2011-09-09 03:22 am

In which you profit from my procrastination

First off, I updated the Fusion Master Post with a list of all the stories in chronological order as well as the order in which they were written, so now people can decide in which order they'd rather read them.

Onto the rest of the post!

Spurred by boredom, procrastination, and an ill-advised half-hour of lurking on the anon meme a day or so ago, I decided to re-vamp my Master List. It was getting overly long anyway, so it was due for an overhaul.

First off, I split it off into two posts. The first post is all SPN, all the time, and SPN RPF/S. The second post contains all my podfic and all the fic from my other fandoms, few as they are right now.

That being said, I'm not sure if I've got this down to a science yet. I still have my fic sorted primarily by length, and while it makes sense to me, I'm not sure it does for anyone else. Also, while my lists currently consist of the title, summary and posting date of the story, I wonder if many readers aren't scanning the list and wondering how the hell they can tell if a fic is gen or slash or het or whatever without clicking and reading the header of the story itself (although 90% of my SPN fic is gen, I just counted while I was working).

In short, who feels like helping me make a better, more user-friendly Master List? I have even made a handy poll for those of you who only want to click and not type. ;)

[Poll #1777113]

[identity profile] janie-tangerine.livejournal.com 2011-09-09 08:06 am (UTC)(link)
Thanks for reminding me I should re-do mine. XD

Anyway, in the one I have, I had two posts, one for Lost (which was my first fandom and for which I wrote 100+ fics and they were equally slash/gen/het) and one for SPN + other smaller fandoms. I had divided the Lost one in gen/slash/het sections and then I put them on the masterlist in the order I had written them (anything else requires too much effort ;) ). For SPN I never did the slash/gen/het thing because anyway 90% of what I write is Dean/Castiel so I just went with posting order, and same thing for the smaller fandoms.

[identity profile] delicatale.livejournal.com 2011-09-09 08:08 am (UTC)(link)
Mine is only pairing, title, and rating. I should probably do something about that....

[identity profile] ratherastory.livejournal.com 2011-09-09 08:31 am (UTC)(link)
I do like summaries... :)

[identity profile] delicatale.livejournal.com 2011-09-09 08:34 am (UTC)(link)
Ahahah I hate writing them so much, and I think nobody ever goes to my fic list so it doesn't matter XD. Maybe I should work on that, hmmm XD.

[identity profile] jackien1968.livejournal.com 2011-09-09 08:25 am (UTC)(link)
I hate when each item in a master list has a lengthy summary, lengthy verbatim prompt and from where and whom plus why there and they are awesome, plus copious author's notes. I guess I mean to say, pasting the entire story header into the master list. It gets too freaking huge to find anything. Doubt this was ever you, but don't have time to go and check.

I don't mind a wordcount in the master list, but I'm not a big fan of grouping them by length, except maaaybe a separate group of stories 500 words and under. I don't mind a lack of wordcount in the master list, as long as there's a ballpark in the story header so I can go "oh, better not expect to finish this tonight."

I'd rather see them grouped by pairing and maybe rating; perhaps sorted by posting date, though alpha can work better for long lists I return to repeatedly.

I prefer a 'verse have a single listing in a master list, with an overall summary and a link to a master post for that 'verse.

I clicked "warnings" on the good and bad lists. I like to see common major triggers in the master list. I dislike seeing a list of every single kink and squick on the master list, though I welcome it in the story header. Warnings that are a big story spoiler are godawful to see in a master list, less than ideal in a story header, I'd much rather they be linked to and otherwise possible to avoid.

So many tickies, so little time...


[identity profile] ratherastory.livejournal.com 2011-09-09 08:30 am (UTC)(link)
I'd rather see them grouped by pairing and maybe rating;

I thought about this for SPN, then realized 90% of my fic is gen, which makes it impossible.

Alphabetical might be something to consider...

[identity profile] jackien1968.livejournal.com 2011-09-10 09:32 am (UTC)(link)
Even if the categories besides gen are really short 'cause all told they come to less than 10% of everything, to me they're still worth having.

I started with SPN fanfic and tended to ignore most non-Wincest, then I got into the show itself. By the time I'd caught up on all the eps, and also read more fic, I realized that with the best writers it wasn't important whether it was Wincest or gen because either way they captured the emotionally incestuous dynamic from canon. For a while I avoided gen where they explicitly were not lovers, but I later relaxed on that too if the story had something meaningful to say about their being specifically platonic soulmates.

But having said all that -- sometimes I'm in the mood for a story where they are overtly definitely screwing, and not in the mood for anything else. Other times I get curious which pairings someone has done, and the fewer there are the less I want to skim their entire master list to find them.

All just my 2 cents of course.

Alphabetical or by posting date, within each category, makes it more possible to keep some track of which stuff you've gotten to.

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[personal profile] bellatemple 2011-09-09 08:46 am (UTC)(link)
Bwahahahahaha. Yeah, I kind of gave up on my own masterlist. Instead, I just try to keep my tags clean. With tags, my fic can be sorted by type, fandom, genre, length, challenge, and/or rating. Of course, it helps that I don't really have pairings -- the vaaaaaaaaaaaaaast majority of my stuff is gen.

My masterpost now mostly just has a link to my fics on delicious and an invitation to browse by tags.

[identity profile] ratherastory.livejournal.com 2011-09-09 08:50 am (UTC)(link)
My delicious is a hot mess of fics I bookmarked to read along the way. I tried creating a separate account to sort through all my tags here, but delicious appears to hate that account for some reason. :(
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[personal profile] bellatemple 2011-09-09 09:13 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah, tags on any site can require a fair amount of maintenance. I have, in fact, been known to spend entire nights updating my tags. It doesn't happen often, but sometimes I can be as anal as the best of them.

The advantage of delicious is that you can link people to specific tags, while locking others from the public view. It sucks that you haven't managed to get it to work well for you.

[identity profile] ratherastory.livejournal.com 2011-09-09 10:00 am (UTC)(link)
Ooh, I like that. Maybe I'll tinker with it this weekend and see if I can bend it to my will...

[identity profile] rezuri.livejournal.com 2011-09-09 02:41 pm (UTC)(link)
tracy_loo_who is a good example of a really well-organized delicious list: http://www.delicious.com/tracy_loo_who/

[identity profile] pinkphoenix1985.livejournal.com 2011-09-09 09:50 am (UTC)(link)
this reminds me that I really should do one since my stories have now broke the 10 stories mark and there should be a master post for all of them. How did you get started?

Oh what turns me off a master list? nothing that you said here but I really HATE the fact that with multi part stories on LJ people don't link them up so it is up to the other to search for the next part. An instant turn off for me..

I know that you don't do it but it is a big peeve for me

[identity profile] ratherastory.livejournal.com 2011-09-09 10:01 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah, I hate that too. >:(

[identity profile] pinkphoenix1985.livejournal.com 2011-09-09 10:07 am (UTC)(link)
*nods* god, I really hate it ESPECIALLY when you click on the story from the masterpost (which does have all the parts). Why do I need to have the masterpost open on a different tab just so I can get to the next part?!

[identity profile] silverblaze85.livejournal.com 2011-09-09 09:55 am (UTC)(link)
I like to have warnings and genre posted... *glowers at the loss-of-senses-horror-thingie-I-got-accidentally-sucked-into* Still some nightmares there....


I've always rather enjoyed how you have yours laid out. It's unique. I know I'm looking at yours instantly, and it's also nice to be able to go "Okay, I have a half-hour before bed... I can read anything from THIS spot and above." or "8 hours, empty hotel, no travelers. What's the longest thing on here I can read??"

Yes, a rambling summary can take forever, but a sweet little one-or-two liner can get a passer-by to read a story they may not have. And, it makes it 2,000% easier to rec to somebody. "I need an amulet-fix-it-fic!" Crap... I know of an excellent one... *spend the next 8 hours opening everything I can find*. Done this before. It sucks, royally. A quick summary makes it loads easier to offer recs to others.

*shrugs* I dunno. To each their own. I enjoy how my Masterpost is laid out, but I also enjoy how your's is laid out. And how CalamityCrow's is laid out. It works for the author, which in the end, I think, is the most important. Having said all this.... the Masterpost I stumbled across a few months ago was unique: it was all sorted by genre. Granted, all yours would be H/C! :P

[identity profile] ratherastory.livejournal.com 2011-09-09 10:03 am (UTC)(link)
I do post all warnings and genres in the header of every fic, though (including "Deprivation"). When I included them in my original list, it made it extraordinarily long. I can't think of a good way to do this. *hands*

[identity profile] calamitycrow.livejournal.com 2011-09-09 02:51 pm (UTC)(link)
me and the human can slide you the coding so users can hover their mouse over a word, and can then see a longer description. That's what I did with my human's Master List, if you hover over (warning), you will get any warning for the fic.

[identity profile] ratherastory.livejournal.com 2011-09-09 11:12 am (UTC)(link)
Granted, all yours would be H/C! :P


You may have a point. I was about to point out that I totally wrote a High Seas AU, and then realized that there was all sorts of h/c in there anyway, thus proving your point. *facepalm*
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[personal profile] embroiderama 2011-09-09 11:01 am (UTC)(link)
I don't see the need for warnings or characters in a fic list, but I like to have the rest of it. Then it makes sense to me to separate genres if applicable, separate out series and otherwise sort by posting date. I guess the way I do mine is the way I wish everyone did theirs, but probably most people think that. (not about mine but about their own) LOL

[identity profile] harrigan.livejournal.com 2011-09-09 12:31 pm (UTC)(link)
I would absotively help you with delicious if you want! (I've always wanted to! I set up the initial one for the [livejournal.com profile] spn_littlebro community, although someone else is maintaining it going forward.)

I ♥ the idea of being able to filter your master list by word count or by 'type of hurt' or by when posted or whatever!

[identity profile] withdiamonds.livejournal.com 2011-09-09 12:47 pm (UTC)(link)
My master list is sorted by fandom, then the stories are listed in chronological order. It's pretty much the title and the link. I have links to the story on LJ, AO3, and my older stuff at my old website, where I no longer post anything, but that's where the old stuff is.

I haven't included anything else, not genre, characters, pairings, word count, nothing. I feel like the list is mostly for me, you know? It never occurs to me that a lot of people are perusing my list trying to find things to read. Also, I did it in a hurry, just to get everything listed, then forgot about it. I guess I could add some info to it. :)

[identity profile] quickreaver.livejournal.com 2011-09-09 02:24 pm (UTC)(link)
I really like when the wordcount is included, because my time is poorly budgeted, as is! And personally, I like to know POV in the BRIEF summary; I'm a serious fan of outsider and Dean POVs. :D