January 30th, 2007

Xander reading

Mailing lists, ficspam, and archives

When I first started reading Buffy fanfiction, I systematically trolled through Of Demons & Destiny. Then I discovered Riposte and a slightly different set of stories. Then later, Headquarters. Then even later, pairing-specific archives like No One Knows. If a story wasn't in one of those places, it might as well have not existed for me.

Then I joined mailing lists and was consternated to see no activity. Had Buffy fandom died? No, not at all: during the years when I wasn't involved in fandom at all, it moved to LiveJournal. I plugged myself into the LJ community, and that seems to have gone fairly well.

The problem with LJ is that it's a terrible way to archive & find fiction. The daily mumble-watching newsletters are good at collecting pointers, but they're not archives. People flock stories (boggle), delete their journals, get bored, etc etc. Stable archives are the heart of fandom, I think. Writers whose stories are exclusively on LJ are writers who are difficult to find.

I was one of those until recently. Now I'm on Headquarters, and I put up some old-fashioned static pages as well.

So archives: love. Mailing lists: still the entry point to the archives. I'm on all the mailing lists, and I mostly see the same stories crossposted to them all. Which I don't mind, because I'd rather see a story three times than not at all. And ODD is still the best place to find stories. Maybe I should do the same. Except I have quite a backlog now.

Down to the question: ficspam GRB with a story a day until the readers hate me? A story a week? Don't bother because HQ is good enough?

Archive sites

By request, a short list of Giles fiction archives, along with some pointers to other lists of archives.

Corrections, additions, comments all welcome. I'm not aiming to be comprehensive, just good enough to give somebody a great start at finding Giles fanfic.

I mined my own bookmarks for this. Many had already bitrotted, and they're only a year old at most. There used to be a Giles/Ethan archive. Grumble.
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FIC: Dragon's Heart (genfic, FRT)

Title: Ars Draconis 3: Dragon's Heart
Author: Antennapedia
Pairing: genfic
Rating: FRT, some violence
Summary: The sword dreams, and Giles dreams with it. Of what? And to what end?
Word count: 9100
Notes: The stories in this series are inspired by BPAL scents from the Ars Draconis line. Dragon's blood is a plant sap that smells like a spicy sweet berry, sort of.
Distribution: Yup, sure!
Feedback: Keeps the stories comin'.
Disclaimer: I claim no ownership and am making no money.

1. Dragon's Bone
2. Dragon's Reverie

Dragon's Heart: A scent pulsing with vitality, warmth and insurmountable strength: dragon’s blood resin, red and black musks, a throb of fig and a sliver of black currant.

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