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Oct. 18th, 2012 12:36 am
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If you're here, you probably got here because you read something I wrote. And that is very cool. This is a public blog, so feel free to follow and/or comment in any way you wish.



I write fanfiction as close to purely for fun as I can manage. (I used to do other kinds of writing because I wanted to get published, or because I wanted to improve my writing, but for various reasons I just can't keep myself motivated with those goals, so for fun it is!)

I really like it when people read my writing, comment, etc. (I don't think that's unusual, but since I can be pretty shy in other ways, it's worth saying.)

At the moment, I'm very excited about Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I'm currently rewatching Season 6 of Buffy and Season 3 of Angel, and scarfing down fanfic and discussions and whatever I can find. I admit it's sort of ironic to suddenly decide that your fandom is one that's basically ten years old (yes, there are comics, but I can't make any sense of the comics), but ten years or more of fan stuff to slurp up as I find it!

I like Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the tv show) and respect it but don't love it without reservation. I could never write fanfic for something I loved without reservation, because the things I love without reservation don't need me messing with them. But Buffy falls into the perfect pocket where I enjoy it a lot but feel there's room for me to add what I want.

The last time I had a fandom, it was Harry Potter, and before that, Star Trek, but I've never really posted anything or even considered getting involved back then, I just read a lot. So this impulse toward writing/posting is new for me.

I've been involved in roleplaying, but IMO roleplaying is its own thing.

Even though I write purely for fun, I do want to improve my writing. I'll get bored otherwise. But I hate rewriting. So anything in the realm of constructive criticism is completely welcome, I'll read it and take it on board for the next thing, but I probably won't go back and rewrite anything. Not even if it would make it much better. While I do like much better, I like the idea of finishing things without too much going back and worrying even more. (Going back and worrying is a skill that I've mastered, I don't need more practice.)

I also really enjoy discussion, and anything here is open for discussion. I have a tendency to not take things personally, which seems like a good thing but has occasionally gotten me in trouble when I expect other people to not take things personally if I disagree with them. So if I disagree with you, it's probably because I think what you say is extremely interesting and worth engaging with!

This journal contains spoilers for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel (the tv shows only).

Date: 2013-04-08 03:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] red_satin_doll
Mind if I add you to my circle? I just left a review for "A Fine and Private Place" on fag_ends (short version: you hit me where I live with that story.)

I mostly post and am active on LJ because trying to replicate posts on both is a bit of a bitch (for some reason the cross-posting function will not work for me at all. I can't figure it out.)

I just watched and became a fan of BtVS for the first time last year; I love the late seasons (5-7) and identify with Buffy so much emotionally in that period; she's my BDH because she's flawed and human, not despite it. Which also goes for the show itself, I think, or as you say "with reservation".

I used to do other kinds of writing because I wanted to get published, or because I wanted to improve my writing, but for various reasons I just can't keep myself motivated with those goals, so for fun it is!

*applause* I love that you want to improve as any good writer does, and don't "diminish" or dismiss what you do. You might find your grove again to do something you want to publish because you are actively practicing your craft and enjoying it. If you don't love it what's the point? (I've seen the opposite, and it ends up being emotionally destructive IMO.)

But Buffy falls into the perfect pocket where I enjoy it a lot but feel there's room for me to add what I want.

*nods* You summed up my theory of why fanfic exists in one sentence. "Artifacts" that are essentially "perfect" leave no room for fanfiction, no spaces to insert ourselves or our desires into the story.

(yes, there are comics, but I can't make any sense of the comics)

Comics? What comics? *points to icon* Trying to make sense of them is how I discovered LJ fandom. But, yeah - I can get pretty stabby when I think of them, ergo I try not to.

So if I disagree with you, it's probably because I think what you say is extremely interesting and worth engaging with!

I like this. I notice btw that with fanfiction, the unspoken etiquette is "leave compliments only"; and I cut my teeth in college and fanfic.net (and a best friend of mine who is a novelist) on constructive criticism, which is an art. (It's NOT about flames or insults etc but few people know how to practice it; and most of us are sensitive about our babies.) Whereas with meta and nonfiction posts, discussion is expected.

I think "tone" is very important, particularly when tone of voice etc are lacking in stark words on the screen. So respect is the watchword (and boy do I futz that up sometimes); and that includes knowing when to yield, or when to say "agree to disagree" because the friendship is more important? OTOH, the intelligent and stimulating conversations are what drew me into this fandom. It's stimulating like nothing I've known since college.

Can you tell that I'm extremely verbose? I've got to work on that.

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