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Hello Friends! I just tried posting this like twenty times, because LJ decided that html wasn't a valid language. *mutters*

As you might have noticed, I posted one of the fics I wrote for the Whoverse LAS. It's Doctor/Rose centric, because I <3 my OTP so frickin' badly. I cross-posted it to a bunch of Handy/Rose communities and, despite the fact that no one will notice my post there, to Time_and Chips, which has got to be full of the most cliquey Who fans I've ever met. :/

Anyways, just a word of warning that I'll be posting the rest of my stories on my own journal. So if you see a sudden influx of posts from me, that will be why. Please feel free to read them and leave comments. *hint hint* :D

I'm kinda bummed that I won't be able to cross-post most of the rest of my stories. They're all based on characters/relationships that either don't have communities, or I'm not a member of. I'm thinking I might join the Martha/Jack comm, because I know not many people like this crack!ship and it would be nice to have some support and solidarity with other Mack fans. Then I could cross-post my Martha story, which was one of my favourites that I wrote for the contest.

BTW, does anybody know of a good Gilmore Girls comm? I could cross-post my GG fiction there. Also I need icons for that show, even though I don't have frickin' room for them right now. Gah! I wish I worked more than two days a week so I could afford an icon package.

If you're wondering about my desire to cross-post everything, let me explain: I'm a writer. I crave validation, even if it's something like, "Yeah, I read your story, and I hated it." Antagonism is better than apathy, in my opinion. I'd rather hear why someone doesn't like my work than not get any responses at all.

In other writing news, the av_confidential will be looking for writers for series two very shortly. I'm the Supertemp! over there, so I'll be in charge of keeping track of all the potential writers. If you're interested in contributing, tell me, and I'll let you know when the sign-up post goes up. :)

Lastly, I'm in the finals of the Gilmore Girls LAS. We haven't had many voters in the past, so we'd appreciate it if you could read and vote on your favourite story. Thanks!

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jessicaqueen
Oct. 8th, 2010 03:37 am (UTC)
time_and_chips is cliquey-er than other pairing-centric comms? Maybe it's just because I used to write for Harry Potter, which took cliquey to ridiculous levels, but I really hadn't noticed that it was that bad. I only started writing Who fic about three months ago, much of which is Doctor/Rose romance or gen and therefore gets posted to that comm, and I didn't have any difficulty immediately getting a decent number of people to read and comment on my fics despite being a complete unknown. Of course, it might help that I also started writing for then_theres_us soon after, and that's got to be the least cliquey comm I've ever been part of - I think 'got fic, will comment' might be the motto over there XD. I think as a result of my involvement with that other comm, my name might be sort of 'out there' among Doctor/Rose diehards now, which maybe means I'm no longer the best judge ever of the situation for new Doctor/Rose writers trying to break in. Having said all of that, though, I frequently get complete randoms who I've never seen before commenting on my fics that they've accessed via time_and_chips, so I don't think it's that tight-knit. I think that there's lots of people milling around ready to comment on any fic that they like, not just those by the authors they know.

I will, however, point out that I rarely get a lot of comments on my whoverse_las fics away from the LAS comm itself either, often because a lot of the people who might usually comment have already read it days or weeks ago and don't think to comment later (I do this, unfortunately). So maybe that's not the best measure, all things told.

On a different note, good luck on your Gilmore Girls finals! I haven't been following any LAS comms except whoverse_las, but if it's down to just a couple of entries I might be able to bring myself to read and vote. I like a bit of GG every now and then. :)
cassandra_elise
Oct. 8th, 2010 02:10 pm (UTC)
I think you might be in the "in-crowd" then when it comes to Doctor Who, because I've been writing for about a year and half for that comm, and I rarely get any feedback. And I know several of my friends have expressed feeling ostracized by the Doctor Who community as well. Now, I write a lot of Ten II/Rose, and I noticed that the one Ten/Rose fic I wrote got more comments than any of my other stories. So maybe there's a correlation?

I would say I'm a terrible writer, but I know that's not the case as I've gotten loads of feedback for the stories I wrote in my other fandoms. Plus, I've seen poorly written DW stories (bad grammar, cliched story-lines) get a multitude of positive comments, so I would think if people can tolerate poor grammar and yet another story featuring the Doctor destroying a toaster, they'd be able to tolerate mine.

Therefore my only conclusion is that either we've regressed to high school and there are certain DW writers accepted in the cliques while other writers, myself included, are invisible and ignored. Or we've got snobbish people who've preordained what's an acceptable story, and mine aren't matching the prerequisites.

Edited at 2010-10-08 02:11 pm (UTC)
jessicaqueen
Oct. 8th, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
Maybe I am in the 'in-crowd' because of how ridiculously prolific I've been since joining the active part of the Doctor Who fandom (I tend to write at least a couple of fics a week). But I doubt it. New Who has been around for more than five years, and I've only been properly involved for three months, so I don't really have those ties, you know? I also write my characters/pairings a bit too broadly to be properly part of a sub-section of DW. So I don't think it's all that possible for me to be that much of an integrated part of a specific section of the DW fandom, really.

Still, I guess you're right in that some parts of fandom might be less exclusive than others. As I mentioned earlier, some comms like then_theres_us are pretty much designed to give you a lot of comments and regular contacts, whereas others sort of just seem to be there for archiving purposes and don't have that same sense of open community. But as I said, I didn't think that time_and_chips was particularly bad in this respect.

I'd say that it's also about your expectations, a bit. I used to predominantly write HP rarepairs, where I'd be lucky to get two or three comments on LJ for some of my fics (not all, mind, but some). So I regard 5-10 comments as a pretty decent reception, and more than that is just gravy. Even though Doctor Who's hardly the smallest fandom out there, I don't think it's big enough to expect more than that, you know?

I've seen poorly written DW stories (bad grammar, cliched story-lines) get a multitude of positive comments, so I would think if people can tolerate poor grammar and yet another story featuring the Doctor destroying a toaster, they'd be able to tolerate mine.

This, unfortunately, is something that I've found to be something of a strange fact of all fandoms. I see fics that are frankly terrible that have about a thousand reviews purely (as far as I can tell) because they bash a character that a lot of people want to see brought down a rung. It's a thing. But I don't think it's any worse in Doctor Who than anywhere else.
cassandra_elise
Oct. 8th, 2010 03:24 pm (UTC)
I agree that HP is a terrible fandom, unless of course you're a canon shipper. Otherwise you'll get ripped to shreds or ignored. I avoid it for that very reason. It's just not worth the effort.

This, unfortunately, is something that I've found to be something of a strange fact of all fandoms. I see fics that are frankly terrible that have about a thousand reviews purely (as far as I can tell) because they bash a character that a lot of people want to see brought down a rung. It's a thing. But I don't think it's any worse in Doctor Who than anywhere else.

I used to think that was predominately a fanfiction.net issue, but I'm noticing it more and more on LJ, which is kinda ruining my delusion that all LJ users are intelligent, erudite and mature. Ah well, such is life. :p

And you write several fics a week? That's amazingly prolific! Good for you!
darkbunnyrabbit
Oct. 14th, 2010 02:13 am (UTC)
Time and Chips is cliquey? It always seems friendly to me.
cassandra_elise
Oct. 14th, 2010 04:00 pm (UTC)
Several of my friends and I find it that way, but whatevs. *shrugs*
darkbunnyrabbit
Oct. 15th, 2010 01:10 am (UTC)
I don't deny it, only question it.
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