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Objectives not met and other stories

Happy birthday to denny_dc


Happy birthday to shadowscast

My holiday is over and I go back to work tonight. 5 nights on, and then an odd pattern of 5 nights off, 6 nights on, 5 nights off, 4 nights on, rinse, repeat, for 2 months. No more opportunities to spend a whole fortnight writing furiously.

I didn’t achieve everything that I wanted to achieve. ‘Dojo Hard’ isn’t quite finished. Close, though, as there are only one or two chapters to go. The Poirot/Xena crossover ‘Murder at the Acropolis’ is a short piece and will be finished very soon. I didn’t get anything done on ‘Tabula Avatar’ and I had no chance to resume ‘Life, Resumed’. I vaguely thought about doing a Xmas fic this year, as I have the last two years, but I decided that I simply don’t have time. Instead I will go through ‘And Glory Shone Around’ soon, to see if there is anything that needs to be tidied up, and then repost it at seven_seasons.

During this period of intensive writing I looked back at some neglected earlier projects and made some decisions. I think that I now have to acknowledge that some of them will never be finished. ‘Shellshocked’ is the primary example. It simply doesn’t work as well as I had expected and I can’t summon up enough enthusiasm for it in actuality as I did in the concept stages. Another is the long dormant BuffyBot fic ‘I was made for loving you baby’. I regret having brought back Buffy; I should have written it as a Buffyless S6 fic concentrating entirely upon Violent Elizabeth Bott. ‘Love Potion #9’ might not make the cut either; I have just read a story by Ameeya that covers very much the same ground and I’m not sure that there is room for my story as well.

I don’t know if I’ll ever do Book 2 of ‘Pandora’s Boxer’. When I started the intended trilogy it was a new and exciting concept but by now everyone and his dog has done it. Also much of Book 2 was going to involve inflicting pain, physical and emotional, on Harmony and I really don’t like doing that even when the plot requires it.

The jury is still out on ‘Life in Shadow’. I still like the idea but I covered the Initiative arc of Season 4 so thoroughly in ‘Pandora’s Boxer’ that I’m worried about repeating myself.

‘Savage Beauty’ is stalled because the balance of plot and funny had begun to tilt too much towards plot (a problem that has also cropped up with ‘Dojo Hard’). I will pick it up again, and I’ll get back to ‘Sunnydale Passions’ too, once I get out of the black gloom that has afflicted me lately. I haven’t been in the mood for pure silly light-hearted fun for the past few months, due to medical problems etc, but I am feeling much better now and maybe my sense of humour will return too.

‘Tabula Avatar’ will most definitely continue. It is the story with which I have the greatest emotional involvement. ‘Life, Resumed’ is another definite. So, too, is the ‘Lonely on the Mountain’ sequel ‘The Lost Patrol’ of which I have only posted one short chapter so far and everybody has probably forgotten about. Those are the three stories that will dominate my serious writing over the next few months.

If the fandom survives that long, of course. The Buffyverse fandom seems to have suffered a dramatic fall-off lately, probably due to NaNoWriMo, and to the 3-month absence from the Net of makd. Hopefully it will recover to some extent now that those two adverse factors are over. If it doesn’t, then I’ll have to move to original fiction and occasional one-offs in obscure fandoms.

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evilawyer From: evilawyer Date: December 2nd, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
But doesn't "cleaning house" in this way give you a feeling of accomplishment and and of itself?
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: December 2nd, 2006 07:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not really, no. I don't like admitting defeat.
agilebrit From: agilebrit Date: December 2nd, 2006 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
::hugs & commiserates:: I haven't published anything since October. I'm struggling with a story that I should have been able to write in my sleep. I'm honestly not sure how much fanfic I'll write after I'm done with this particular obligation. And this makes me sad, because I loves me some Firefly/Buffyverse crossover-y goodness, and I have ideas. It's just...getting them on the screen.

My focus has shifted to origific, and this is a good thing...but I miss the instant gratification of posting something and getting the feedback for it too. *sigh*
jamalov29 From: jamalov29 Date: December 2nd, 2006 09:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I look forward to more of 'Life resumed' - and 'Savage beauty' .

The fandom has been a bit less active than usual but I 'm sure we have long months - even years- ahead. :)
hesadevil From: hesadevil Date: December 2nd, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Speaking for myself, Speakr, I'm constantly in awe of your prodigious (and quality) output. I haven't caught up with Dojo Hard - think I'm a couple of chapters behind.

As for feeling a little down with all you've achieved. Spare a thought for we poor mortals who are taking such a long time producing one long fic.

The fandom has slowed recently but there are newbies needing grooming in the ways of the Master, so don't be despondent.

dalmeny From: dalmeny Date: December 2nd, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Violent Elizabeth Bott

If it's any consolation, I still find that hilarious.
enigmaticblues From: enigmaticblues Date: December 2nd, 2006 10:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know, everyone keeps talking about how the Buffydom is waning, which might be true. I don't plan on stopping the writing any time soon, though. It's too bad that some of those stories will have to remain as WIPs, but I do understand. Sometimes the story simply cannot be finished.
zanthinegirl From: zanthinegirl Date: December 3rd, 2006 12:03 am (UTC) (Link)
The first story of yours i read was Pandora's Boxer. It's still a favorite, and I'm sorry to hear you're not going to continue. Granted i don't have a huge problem with inflicting pain on Harmony!

I think the fandom will survive. It's a busy time of year with the holidays and all, but I suspect things will even out.

Hope you shake of your black cloud soon!
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ozma914 From: ozma914 Date: December 3rd, 2006 10:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Welcome to the club! I didn't start watching until about S4, but that was a long time ago, now.
ozma914 From: ozma914 Date: December 3rd, 2006 10:05 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd always assumed there was room for plenty of stories covering the same general territory in the Buffyverse ... but when I sent a novel proposal based loosely on my story "Where Do We Go From Here" to the publising company that puts out BtVS stories, they rejected it soley because they'd just published another post-"Chosen" novel. I guess that's a compliment in a way, since I got a personal e-mail saying they liked the story, but it still left me unpublished.

Anyway, glad you're feeling better. I share your concern about the fall-off in the fandom, and I hope it is just because of the factors you mentioned. Maybe the unveiling of S8 as a comic will help stir interest up again.
ayinhara From: ayinhara Date: December 3rd, 2006 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
There are many worthy WIPs by you and others like spikewriter languishing out there. It's too bad, but I guess inevitable. Think how many unfinished stories and novels are sitting in people's drawers or on their hard drives that the world has had no glimpse of.

I would love to see "Life, Resumed" finished as well as "Life in Shadow".
diachrony From: diachrony Date: December 3rd, 2006 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was just about to start reading 'Love Potion No. 9'! I had it up in a tab waiting for when I had a fic-reading moment.

I think I'll still read what is there, nevertheless ... of course I wish you'd be able to finish the stories you have started, but I understand if you feel you can't.
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 3rd, 2006 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
>>If the fandom survives that long, of course. The Buffyverse fandom seems to have suffered a dramatic fall-off lately, probably due to NaNoWriMo, and to the 3-month absence from the Net of makd. Hopefully it will recover to some extent now that those two adverse factors are over. If it doesn’t, then I’ll have to move to original fiction and occasional one-offs in obscure fandoms.<<

Hey, excuse me, but shouldn´t you write what you like, instead of looking at the trends of fanfic writerdom? ^^ I love your Buffy fiction, and I hope you´ll continue for a good long time. Some of my favorite writers have basically stopped writing ( Caro ) or are putting out chapters every half-year, if at that ( Barb ). Your constant output is heartening and something I really love. I hope you´ll stay with us in Buffy fandom for a long time to come. :)

alwaysjbj From: alwaysjbj Date: December 4th, 2006 01:33 am (UTC) (Link)
‘Love Potion #9’ might not make the cut either

*pouts* But I really like that fic!
shadowscast From: shadowscast Date: December 4th, 2006 02:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the birthday wishes!

And congratulations on managing some housecleaning, even if it is hard. Personally I'm sad to hear you won't continue with IWMFLY (I loved your 'bot!) but I totally understand. Also, add me to the list of those who are seriously impressed at how much writing you do manage to do!
From: basilio_the_cat Date: December 19th, 2006 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd love it if you could finish off Love Potion and I wouldn't mind any sequels or companion pieces to Pandora's Boxer, but if there is no inspiration, then there is simply no inspiration and that's nothing I can change.

As for the dieing (dying?) of the fandom that's somewhat inevitable. I just hope to help keep it up for as long as possible. As long as there are archives and people doing the writing there is going to be a fandom (even if it dries up to miniscule proportions) and I plan to be here for a very long time :D
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