Buffy reading

Getting all the junk out of my head and onto LJ.

LJ posts are my version of Morning Pages. I read metafandom, groan and/or mutter under my breath, write something in response, then usually delete it all unposted. This morning I wrote something about how much I love science fiction. Then I went to the gym to fling heavy metal objects around. In the shower afterwards I figured out a pacing problem in the knighting story. It was a structural problem, as always, and now I know how to fix it. Compress the action! Compress!

So, with the goal accomplished, the post is deleted. Writing commences. It's writing in the wrong story, given that Remix is due Sunday, but it's writing. Won't complain.

(Aside: Here's an undeleted bit, referring to the last metafandom topic but one. Specifically, the bizarre attack pro fantasy writer Gabaddon made on fanfic last week. Yup, wrong-headed, yup, self-destructive, yup, hypocritical. Why is fandom paying attention to that even for a second? We don't need blessings from profic writers and their curses are equally irrelevant.

That barn door's been open for thirty years now. There's no way writers like Gabaldon are going to find the horses, never mind be able to scare them back in. So ignore her and carry on!)

Project Pushup: I found a t-shirt that says "heavy squats fix everything", and I'd agree with that except that squats haven't fixed my push-up problem. Fixing that requires pushups. I weep.
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Re: Diana Gabaldon
The pile-on was impressive. But pointless, because it granted her opinion far more power than it really ought to have. At least in my view.
Personally, I'd say the barn door's been open for a good couple-hundred years at least. Horses not just bolted and fled, but crossed country, bred with other horses, raised little horselings which then possibly starred in movies made in 'homage' to long-dead writers.
Here's a slightly sideways look at the fanfic debate (which I write). I can somehow have more flexibility with writing in tv and movie worlds because they are usually, not always written by more than one person and evolve over time. With books, it's a fairly fixed world written by one person, again, usually not always, and if I had written a novel that I was proud of and had ownership of, I wouldn't be interested in sharing it with other writers. Now that's just me. I'm not saying other writers can't say, "play in my sandbox" just not me.

The only thing I've been a tad uncomfortable with is the feeling of entitlement some fans seem to have about playing in their favourite world. I'm not in the know about Diana Gabaldon and her specific comments, but aside from her, if a writer says they don't like people rewriting their world and posting it online, politeness dictates I respect their views.