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Feedback week

Well, the week's almost out, but I've managed to feed a few authors who really deserve it. The shame of it is that there's still a terribly long list of folks whose fic I get great enjoyment from who I *haven't* managed to get in touch with. So I'll cheat a bit and cover the London Calling writers here:

paratti - In addition to the Spike voice in Eyes Only LJ chronicles, paratti writes some delicious dark fic (and whose latest I am woefully behind on), and who *also* writes some travelogue fic that is terrific fun.

ljs - Without a doubt, a Gilesophile. She played Giles/Ripper in Eyes Only, and has written lots of wonderfully adventurous Giles, Anya, Spike, and Buffy fics. However, I want to point out that I think ljs is imho is the best humor writer in Buffyfandom. Her Bridget Jones style Buffy Summers Diaries are the funniest stuff I've read outside of pure parody fic.

piedmargaret The one, true voice of Wesley. Magpie sends shivers down my spine at times with her Snake fics, and then there was the Eyes Only version of Wes. Don't miss this woman's stuff, it's all mythology and plot and angst and great work.

And then there's the real black hole of feedback for me, the videos. I'm not a big video watcher, only watch now and then when the mood strikes me, but when I *am* in the mood? There's one place I go:

sockkpuppett's videos. Her most recent, Nightmares, is one of the best summarizations of a series and characters I've seen. I'm continually amazed and how Lum takes little tiny clips and a song less that's only a few minutes long and manages to tell multiple stories. You *know* it's a good vid when you don't even need to hear the lyrics on the song to see the story... Just wow. And Lum's been producing vids for a long time. If you can catch an announcement of the vids being up, be sure to check out her Highlander stuff and other bits and pieces, too. It'll be worth the download time, I swear!

So, my feedback thanks to the ladies of London Calling and to the Gutter's finest vidder, Luminosity.


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Mar. 1st, 2003 10:23 am (UTC)

You know, I have no idea of the correct etiquette here. Maybe I'm just meant to see this entry, smile happily, and not say anything, but that seems rude.

So with apologies for any possible etiquette breach, let me say a very sincere thank you. In case the other two don't see it (they're up to stuff in London at the mo), let me say thanks from them too :-).

But an especially effusive thanks from me as I've been low since finishing StS, and this was particularly heart-warming to see.

Mar. 1st, 2003 10:33 am (UTC)
Finishing a WIP... doldrums afire!
Isn't it the most terrible feeling? To finish a work in progress? I hate it so much. I get sorely depressed every single time. Only the ficlets don't send me to my bed.

And of course, this latest of yours was so marvelous. Such breadth and the themes you carry through are fascinating. Of course, it's not just the plotting. Your writing is breathtaking.

Be not depressed. If you're not careful, the Muse will tap you on the shoulder again (or as in my case, send you winding with a 2 X 4 to the back of the head), and send you back into the world of AU.

Hey, and AU is not so bad. Pretty neat, in fact.

Mar. 1st, 2003 12:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Finishing a WIP... doldrums afire!
God, it is really, *really* good to know that I'm not alone in feeling like this. As well as being generally down about my writing, I was down on myself for being freak enough to feel like this when I should be all proud and accomplished. Thank you for letting me know I'm not the only one.

Also, huge thanks for the kind words. This thread is doing me wonders, better than a pot of St John's Wort!

Scuse the utterly inappropriate-to-topic icon. I just made it and wanted to try it out ;-)
Mar. 1st, 2003 11:27 am (UTC)
I am *so* the wrong person to ask about ettiquette. I'm the worst...so bad at it that I've given up trying entirely. I feedback when I'm moved, respond to feedback when I feel like it, and I never send holiday cards ;-)

It's the I in me, I suppose. And a general resistance to do anything that society tells me I "should", just because I "should".

I'm really glad, though, that you saw it and that it made you happy. That's the whole point, really. That, and pointing out to the rest of the world that everyone should read the wonderful goodness that you and L & L make.

Post WIP completeness letdown stinks...my sympathies. It's been a very long time since I've felt that particular low, but I do remember it. But I'll bet a plot bunny comes bouncing around sooner than you think... In the meantime, rest on your laurels a bit. You've really, truly earned it.
Mar. 1st, 2003 12:35 pm (UTC)
I never send holiday cards - I love you for this as neither do I ;-)

Serpentigena is the first major writing project I have ever finished. It is, for me, a huge achievement, so I guess that's why I've been feeling so lousy, as some part of me was expecting those 76 trombones to show up. I certainly have no shortage of plot bunnies. There's never any shortage of ideas, *exaggerated sigh*. But I'm meant to be giving up fanfic. Oh yes, I am. I so am ;-)
Mar. 1st, 2003 12:40 pm (UTC)
But I'm meant to be giving up fanfic. Oh yes, I am. I so am ;-)


You know, I've heard that from several folks lately. Reaction to series ending, perhaps. I wonder if we ought not to try to set up a recovering fic-writers' circle somewhere? A place where we can encourage each others' non-fic writing...

**goes away mulling it over**
Mar. 1st, 2003 12:52 pm (UTC)
I've been thinking exactly this myself!

I have my novel all outlined out and want to start writing, but I'll miss the fanfic community. Other people *are* talking about writing novels.

I think a community of fanficcers currently working on *cough* 'serious' fic is a great idea. It would have to be friends only so copyright didn't get messed up, but it could be so nice.

Want to set one up with me? Or by yourself and I'll join, whichever you prefer. I'm right behind the idea.

Mar. 1st, 2003 12:59 pm (UTC)
I'm uneducated in the setting up of communities -- but I have a code we can use. First thing would be a name, yes? Any ideas?
Mar. 1st, 2003 01:47 pm (UTC)
Well I have five communities to my name so far, so I can definitely help there.

Name. Hmm. Mine tend to be fascetious unless I'm careful. For instance, I'd rather enjoy 'We are as gods' *grin*

I'm probably not the best person to ask. Now I've thought of We are as Gods, I can't think of anything else as I'm so taken with the multi-layered self-mockery of it. :-D

Mar. 1st, 2003 01:55 pm (UTC)
*g* Okay. Maybe I did this wrong, but maybe not. asgods
Mar. 1st, 2003 02:14 pm (UTC)
Cool! :-))) Bloody love this name, makes me giggle continuously ;-)

You need to make it into a community though, and I can't do it for you as you have to be logged in as you for some of it.

Let's see if I can give step by step instructions...

1. Go here
2. Fill in the 'asgods' name and the password you gave it.
3. Check 'closed membership', 'all members', 'non-members cannot post'.
4. Click on 'create community'
5. Now, while logged in as you, go to here.
6. In the box type "community asgods add piedmargaret" and press 'execute'
7. Repeat for anyone else you want to add, including yourself.

Any problems? Ask and I'll try to sort.

Also, can we prettify it a bit please? :-) /me hates LJ basic with a vengeance.

Thank you for doing this!

Mar. 1st, 2003 02:16 pm (UTC)
LOL. Pretty it up all you like. I think I have now got it set as a community with you as an adinistrator...*g* I also added Lori and Kimi and Mint as members. Lori's a stretch, but I know Kim and Mint are interested.
Mar. 1st, 2003 02:28 pm (UTC)
*does happy dance* I'm sure Lori could be persuaded :-)

Send me the password to magpie@moracle.co.uk?
Mar. 1st, 2003 05:00 pm (UTC)
Can I play, please?
Mar. 1st, 2003 05:02 pm (UTC)
You betcha! Only added Lori 'cause I knew for sure she needed it...Give it a minute, and you're in business. M's still setting up shop, I do believe, but fun for all.
Mar. 1st, 2003 05:20 pm (UTC)
Mar. 1st, 2003 11:03 am (UTC)
Thanks, Chris. Greatly appreciated, and I hope you enjoy Root Systems.
Mar. 1st, 2003 11:29 am (UTC)
You're very welcome -- you have such a low profile that I wanted to toot that horn a bit even though I am behind. You know I adore your work, but it never hurts to say it again, right? The Three Lions, in particular, is a huge favorite of mine.

Hope you're enjoying your visit with Lori!
Mar. 1st, 2003 11:37 am (UTC)
*Blushes*, thanks. And I had a great time with Lori last night - in the pub where the Brazil match was watched in Three Lions - and more to come next week.
Mar. 1st, 2003 01:07 pm (UTC)
Fanfic Writers Anonymous...
You know, with the show ending, this would be the perfect time for us to keep moving onward with our writing. Onward meaning to original fic.

I love the feedback my small friends list gives me on LJ, and I feel that my ideas are all safe and sound, just as you said, Lesley.

Chris, this is something that I agree we all need. The fanfic got me this far, but by golly, there's more I want to do.

And yes, Magpie, you've done a major writing project. A novel. And done it well! Hiding behind (and I'm talking in the personal sense here) established characters that someone else owns has been lovely, but I'm feeling a little braver lately. Like to know there's a place for all of us at the end of May.

Mar. 1st, 2003 02:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Fanfic Writers Anonymous...
I am so very into this idea. This one thread has cheered me up a ridiculous amount. I embrace this thread and all who sail in her. Er... never mind me, I'll go jibber happily in a corner someplace.

There's so much great talent out there, and while I obviously adore Buffyverse fanfic, it can only, by its very nature, have ephemeral value. Finishing Serp at the same time as all the news re Buffy's future broke left me feeling stranded. And I'm sure I'm not the the only one feeling the loss-in-advance of the community spirit.

Mar. 1st, 2003 02:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Fanfic Writers Anonymous...
I truly think the community will continue, though...the writer's community, if not fandom proper. The true beauty of the Whedonverse is its vastness. There are years of things to discuss, things to write about, subtext out the yin-yang to pull apart and put back together...

I'm sure fandom will contract come summer, and certainly by fall, but even that should be mitigated by the fact that in the US FX will still be showing BtVS twice a day, TNT has picked up Angel syndication. And it's a solid year or more before many other countries will even be finished with S7.

Buffy will live on, I am confident. But more important, there's a lively community of writers that's formed here and because of that, we don't have to work in isolation except when we want to! How many published authors have such a thriving community available? We're so lucky. And I'm very much looking forward to expanding my horizons a bit...
Mar. 1st, 2003 05:36 pm (UTC)
You know, poking my nose in...
You should see if herself_nyc would be interested in this new community.
Mar. 2nd, 2003 04:50 am (UTC)
Aw, bless you, Chris. :-) I was sitting here in this internet cafe on the King's Road, feeling irritated because my stupid hotmail password wouldn't work and because I absolutely destroyed my right foots yesterday (in a good cause...) -- and then I read this lovely post. Thanks!

Oh, and I'll definitely want to be a part of the writing community!

"We are as gods," snerk.

Mar. 2nd, 2003 01:48 pm (UTC)
Isn't it lovely? Our recent e-mail exchange is the one that got me started thinking of this notion. V. glad you don't object!
Mar. 5th, 2003 02:21 pm (UTC)
Chris! Chris! I just saw your name on my friends list! Thanks so much for your kind words about Nightmares. When I released it a couple of weeks ago, it was met with a resounding silence. I wanted to show a whole lot with that vid, and I think I succeeded, but it *is* very context heavy and not for a non-fan. Thanks again! Wheee!!!
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