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20 December 2007 @ 08:11 am
Upcoming Changes  
Just like everyone else, I have some resolutions set for the New Year. Just like everyone else, I will likely fail them.

But I do plan on some changes here on my journal.



1. My goal is to make this journal more fannish oriented and less about my personal whinings. That has nothing to do with any of you, but everything to do with me. I don't like me very much right now and it has got to stop. However, this won't be just a fannish journal and I'll still be talking about aspects of my life and I know that there will be rants from time to time. Most of those posts will be friends-locked.

2. Fannish diversity. SG-1 is my main love and always will be in terms of fandom. However, you may see more and more posts about Supernatural, X-Files, Smallville, and whatever tickles my fancy. I hope to get back into Star Wars as well. So, don't be surprised if I start talking about several different topics and sometimes all at once.

3. The majority of my writing related posts will now be at my pro-writing journal. That is not to say I won't talk about writing here. I will. I just will be discussing it more in relation to fanfic whereas my other journal won't have anything to do with fandom. If you are interested in that journal or my pro-writing (more specifically my ill-fated attempts), let me know and I'll give you my lj name.

4. Decreased fanfic. (Though whenever I say this I go and write some fanfic.) I need to balance out original fic and fanfic. To be fair to myself, I'll have to slow down my fanfic writing even more to accomdate progress on my original stuff.

Those are the 4 main points I wanted to address. I'm really trying to figure out this whole time management thing (I suck at it) and use my time wisely. Currently, I am wasting too much time by bouncing around online and not focusing enough. Once I'm on a set schedule again, I figure I can be more fannish and participate in discussions. But I'm not going anywhere :)

And just for fun, you all should go to http://www.superdickery.com/

I've been there before and I know many people have as well, but that place is gold for a good pick me up if I ever saw one.
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that which cannot be seen: godtresa_cho on December 20th, 2007 01:24 pm (UTC)

By diversity do you mean spreading around to old fandoms or branching out into new things? I've got a list a mile long of new fandoms if you were interested. If not, I'll just hog them to myself :3
Working for the Mandroid: Daniel and Teal'c Brothersmoonshayde on December 20th, 2007 10:44 pm (UTC)
A little bit of both. Though, I would never do the whole 100% fandom thing like I did with SG-1. I love my flist and I am pretty content here.

What fandoms have you been toying with?
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Working for the Mandroid: Corporalmoonshayde on December 20th, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC)
I definitely feel like everyone can learn something valuable in a writing community. Everyone has something that works and doesn't work, and nothing is better than some insight you may be too blind to see.

But this balance thing? It sucks. It really does.

I'll be happy to give you my writing journal name, though I'll likely email it to you or find the filter I made and just post it. I haven't decided. I want to keep my original fic pretty separate from fandom, but not out of shame or anything. Just because I have to for focus.

btw, do you have one or not? If so, I'd be interested.
jessm78jessm78 on December 20th, 2007 08:45 pm (UTC)
Good luck with your writing! For some reason I'm afraid to get into original fic even though everyone tells me I should. I just have no ideas for it, I guess. My muse has gotten bored once again as far as fanfic is concerned too. I have to discipline her to get back into what I've started. It's frustrating.

I can relate with the branching out into fandom. As much as I love SG, I wanted my LJ to reflect my branching out as well. I think most of my entries are still SG-related, but the Supernatural ones et al have been increasing. I made a new header to reflect the branching out (that I'll use to replace the Supernatural one at some point).

As for personal entries, I myself am trying to balance those with the fandom related ones. Or at least leave them for something I feel I really *need* to yack about.
Working for the Mandroid: Headlightsmoonshayde on December 20th, 2007 10:58 pm (UTC)
I always encourge people to try original fic. it's just my nature. Writing is my true passion in life even if I am not a nature with prose. But if you aren't ready for it or have no desire, then you shouldn't. All I can say is that if you don't want to write original fic because your are scared then I would argue that is a bad excuse and you should do it anyway. If you don't want to because you really don't want to, why force it?

Me, I have plenty of ideas just commitment issues. I'll figure it out.

And yes, I adore SG. I do. I always will. I just want a little bit of variety. I'm getting more into my Superman mythos love again and I am loving Supernatural. I'm a big Star Wars fan and I like other stuff too. I just don't talk much on my LJ as my flist is primarily SG.

:)
jessm78jessm78 on December 21st, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC)
Well, I guess it's not so much that I'm scared. It's more of the fact that I have absolutely no ideas for it. *blushes* I used to have tons of ideas when I was a kid, tried writing original stuff any time I could. But since I hopped onto the fandom train about 6 years ago my inspiration for original fic has long dried up. Maybe one day I'll get hit with an idea, but till then I can't really make myself do it. Oh, well.

I hear ya. My flist is primarily SG too, although I've been adding a few more Supernatural people to the list recently.
Alinaluzitasg1 on December 20th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
I would love to friend your writing journal!

I, too, am trying to transition into original fiction and hopefully SELL something. Fan fiction is what got me interested in writing fiction professionally, but esp. given how slow I am I really need to start devoting myself to original fiction.

It's frustrating, because I want to do both! I still have lots of Stargate story ideas! But I don't think I should start any more fan fiction until I get going on my original fiction (though I will finish the SG stories I've started).

I need to get faster! If I were faster, I could do both.
Working for the Mandroid: unbreakablemoonshayde on December 20th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC)
It's a tough industry. I've only scratched the surface. It's hard to get accepted. You just have to keep trying over and over and over. And you've got to be willing to accept that not everything you write is gold and that a lot of it needs work. It's so hard on the go, but absolutely necessary.

I think there is no hard or fast rule when it comes to fanfic vs original fic. Some people can pump out tons of both. Some people can only do one or the other. And some people need to find a balance that works between both. I am in that last category. I don't want to give up on fanfic completely, but what I am doing now isn't working. I need to find my own personal balance.

I'll email you or set you on a filter to give you my original fic writing name. if you ever set one up, I'd be interested as well.

(Currently, it's kind of bare.)

Rowan Darkstar: Gabrielle - cold in fursrowan_d on December 21st, 2007 05:06 am (UTC)
I don't think I have your original fic LJ name. Would like it, please.:)
dizzy4411dizzy4411 on December 21st, 2007 07:22 am (UTC)
Those sound like really great, realistic goals. OMG I LOVE superdickery! That website is just too funny! The 50s-era comics are such a goldmine for really cracky stories.
Traycer: hunktraycer_ on December 22nd, 2007 02:08 am (UTC)
I would definitely love to friend your original fic journal. I've learned something every time you post an entry about writing. :)

I am with you on focusing more on fandom in my own journal. I'm thinking that might be part of the reason I pulled away from fandom earlier in the year. I've already tried to give it a go, so we'll see if I keep it up.

I don't like me very much right now and it has got to stop.

You're dang straight it has to stop. :) You are a wonderful person, so very giving and caring, and everyone else knows this. It's time you believed in it too!