In which I attempt to be other than the lazy slob that I secretly am

One of my vacation tasks was to identify things I felt stressed about, and deal with the stressors by either eliminating them from my life or by solving the underlying problem. One set of stressors is the pair of Giles-related comms I inherited from agilesreader.

First off was recruiting to fill holes in the giles_fic_recs roster. Done! Slash is probably under-represented now. Mostly what I want in that comm is variety, so everybody can find something to read. I should tweak my own search patterns, I guess-- I had been accumulating lists of genfic, but I should switch to looking for slash. Okay! My brief will be to find a bunch of Giles/Wesley, Giles/Spike, and other slash pairing stories that I think are cool. Which should be fun: reading outside the usual comfort zones is fun.

Because what I really am is a Giles fan. I have a near-OTP, but it's not OTP-ish in the sense of "can't cope with other pairings". If Giles is well-written, I'm happy.

Next up: finding some more people to take the strain off for giles_watchers. The problem there is that utterly hideous stolid reliability is what's called for. It's easy to do, particularly if you use the shared account plus the post-generating script I wrote. But it has to be done nearly every day. Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays the Giles Watcher. It needs a certain personality type, I think. The kind of quiet, heroic fan who runs the mimeo machine for five hours then staples everything, all for a cup of tea and a cookie.

kambee, you rock. All the giles_watchers posters past, you rock too.

That comm is important to me as an index of what's going on in the Giles fandom. LJ is an awful place to post fiction, for many reasons. Some of them are related to the mixing of personal blogging with fic-posting (people f-lock and turn off Google indexing because of their personal posts, thus seriously damaging the accessibility of their fic). And some of them related to the fact that the site was designed to afford blogging, not story archiving. Many factors conspire to make finding fiction is nearly impossible. This creates the need for newsletters like su_herald and whedon_updates.

What I really want is a lighter-weight way to submit story links to Fanworks Finder. And wider use of cross-archive tools like that. But it'll only happen if it's easy. Maintaining a zillion accounts across a zillion sites is a pain. Huh. Think, think.

Double huh. I should revise the Gileswatching script. Category sort order and the mappings of tags to categories should be data-driven. NO. Wrong. Bad. Write work software first. Speaking of which...
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While you and I both know that B/G is my raison d'etre in the fandom at may have also noticed that I'm more than willing to broaden my horizons in a good cause. Yes, I'll rec a lot of B/G for Giles fic recs, but I have no intention of passing by other pairings and genfic.

In a lot of ways, I'm an equal-opportunigy Gileswhore with a personal OTP that I'm a bit flexible about. I'll rec some good slash as well as my beloved B/G...and a bit of whatever else I think is worthy, too.
Glad that you're making your online life easier. Happy release of stressors! :-)
Thank you! Stress is bad for all beings, including very small dogs. As Spike the Wanderer informed us this morning, in response to Extremely Loud Construction Noises from next door.
Just wanted to say that even though I'm sort in fannish hibernation right now, I've noticed lately that the Giles community is still chugging along. Thanks for all the hard work to keep things going.
Me, I do no hard work. The people contributing art & stories this month to gilesxander: they're doing the hard work. soft_princess's daily prompts there, that's the hard work. I just bookmark it all.

Giles fandom: we cross-reference to relax.
If you need me to do anything for any site, let me know. I'm a bit of a spaz at first, but I'll do whatever I can to support Giles and our fandom. Um, also if you want me to rec slashy fics, I can. Good fic that doesn't malign Buffy in any way could be acceptable to me.
Don't worry about it-- stick with your comfort zone and your area of expertise. We'll harass Da Wench into finding the good weird stuff for us :)

I might recruit you into Giles Watching. Need to do some more thinking on that one. seem to have noticed that weird stuff is something of a hobby of mine.

Weird stuff it is.
Thanks so much for the words of appreciation - and what a day you picked to express it! I just couldn't get to the GW post Wednesday night - company from another country coming in the morning and I'm just now getting to bed at 4:31 a.m. - without having done the GW post! :( I'll be away on Friday, as posted to GPosters, but I'll be back next Wednesday. ::hugs 'Tenna for all she does for Giles fandom::