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First, ze links. We had an exciting weekend at HDJM because we have our first advertisers going up, slowly but surely. Be sure to click on our supporters when you go for a visit (and check their fabulous products, etc. More to come this week.) Also, SPARTACUS IS BACK! And Liz is back with her breathless and energetic recaps.

Merlin! Melody has this week's recap waiting for you and your juicy thoughts.

And thank you again to everyone that is helping us get noticed by tweeting links, tumbling, liking - it's just a click for you, but it helps us TREMENDOUSLY. <3

My poor kid was sick all through the weekend, but rallied mid-day yesterday (his actual birthday) and we had a small family dinner. He'll get to have a proper party this coming weekend, but still. Poor buddy.

But now for my shock. SHOCK, I SAY! So, most of y'all that have been around here for a while know that I LOVE reading crappy fanfic. Like, really really bad. Comically bad. "He egressed in the seat of her audience" bad. (That remains one of my favorites. That and "he put his think in her butt.") That stuff is hilarious and entertaining. Then there are the stories that you think, "Huh, that's really boring." Or, "What the hell? This is the story everyone is going on about? REALLY?" I have opinions. I am going to hang them out to dry.Collapse )

Now if you'll excuse me, I am going to write a story about Abraham Lincoln trying to make a light bulb. And then I am going to write it in real time so it takes you 24 hours to read about his 24 hours.


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Jan. 30th, 2012 09:54 pm (UTC)
yes to all those points about beta-readers. In general, some of the best beta-reads are from people who aren't linked through friendship because they see that very clearly (the flip side is that some of the lasting fannish friendships are made through people betaing because when you find a good beta reader, it's worth clinging to them like glue). And funnily enough, it's always characterisation that I worry about when I send to beta (it's always my first concern) and yet wrong word usage, overusage and relying on favourite words nad phrases isare usually big things that need to get fixed.

I hate you. I hate your parents for making you. I hate the teachers that educated your parents enough to put them in a place in life where they were free to make you. Also, I hate your dog. JUST BECAUSE.

*giggles* The thing with badfic wordcounts though, is that you get a hit even for all the people who read half a paragraph and hit the back button. And for people reading and staring in horror. It doesn't always mean it's a *good* story or that everyone reading thought it was. (Say the girl who's read some... let's say dubious comfort fic in Klaine fandom and found herself wondering why she read to the end when it was bad from the first chapter.)

ow if you'll excuse me, I am going to write a story about Abraham Lincoln trying to make a light bulb. And then I am going to write it in real time so it takes you 24 hours to read about his 24 hours.

Jan. 30th, 2012 10:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, I don't really get bent out of shape over things being popular when I can't understand why - it's more I just like figuring out WHY DOES EVERYONE LOVE THIS? But then, McDonalds has served billions, etc.

I've been in fandom long enough to know this is how it is in ALL fandoms, I am just surprised by fics on occasion and love sharing my "Bzuh?" -ment. ;D
Jan. 30th, 2012 10:19 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you shared, if only for the way most of the comments to this post made me giggle. A lot.
Jan. 30th, 2012 10:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, it used to get CRAZY in here with the bad-fic quotes and comments. There's a tag of mine, "Bad(great!)Fic" that has some classics. :D
Jan. 30th, 2012 11:04 pm (UTC)

And it's not just fic. I've seen movies also where I think why did you ruin this amazing premise with your crappy, boring script.

Then again, one person's worst thing ever is someone else's award winner. Obviously, they're wrong and I'm right, but whatever. 8-)
Jan. 31st, 2012 01:00 pm (UTC)
Clearly you're in the right here. I mean...clearly. ;D
Jan. 31st, 2012 02:39 am (UTC)
Wow, that sounds bad, the fic full of irrelevant crap. HAAAAATE those.

Also, you and I are TWINS I TELL YOU regarding the spelling and such. It is the wrong word even if it's correctly spelled as a homonym of the word you wanted. Also, then and than are not interchangeable, nor are they're/their/there or you're/your, I don't care what your best friend thinks, and I don't give a toss what YOU think, it is NOT a 'style' to write badly. It's just writing badly, ranty-ranty-rant-rant. Sorry, I have a head cold and I'm at work and this all maketh Diaz a bit cranky.
Jan. 31st, 2012 12:59 pm (UTC)
OH MY GOD THEN AND THAN MAKE ME BANANAS. I see that ALL THE TIME. I have posted so many times explaining that THEN is time THAN is a choice, why is this so hard?!

Best writing advice I ever got was my first year in college when my creative writing professor said, "Laura? You're not ee cummings. Use frickin' punctuation." AHAHA.
Feb. 6th, 2012 10:51 am (UTC)
That's excellent, I made the cat jump by barking out a laugh. Heh.
Jan. 31st, 2012 03:42 pm (UTC)
I just finished the last of Spartacus via Netflix. OMG OHMAZING.
I can't wait til the new ones are added. *waits*

I loved how every episode I would say "I cannot believe they DID THAT!"
Also Lucy Lawless and John Hannah are brilliant. Forever and ever brilliant.

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Reading this? I'm just curious. Because that's really detail-oriented of you. Feel free to stop reading. But you can see that there's more here, so are you going to keep reading? Really? That's pretty dedicated. I'm impressed. No, really. I'm not being sarcastic, why do you get like that? See, this is the problem I have with your mother - yes. YES. I'm going there. It's time we put all of our cards on the table.

I love you, why are you doing this? After all we've been through? You don't have to be like this. You know, still reading. You could be baking a pie. And then sharing it with me.

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