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Still True

Came back across this again while looking for something else:

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1. If you decide to abandon a fic after posting 47 freaking chapters, have the decency of labeling the thing so I don't waste my time reading it."

From here: http://merucha.livejournal.com/35378.html

And this is exactly why I no longer read almost anything til it's finished. I once was reading a really unusual and freaky story about Jack feeding his own heart to Ianto to bring him back to life. Very creepy and atmospheric. Then there were very long gaps before updating, then nothing. (Slight screaming going on here. Not the only time I was burned, either.) A couple of exceptions are (it won't let me use the user icon insert thing) the nosy verse by http://badly-knitted.livejournal.com/, the dragon verse stories by http://milady-dragon.livejournal.com/, and twos and blues by http://zazajb.livejournal.com/. The last one hasn't been updated in almost a year, but it didn't end on a cliffhanger or anything. Nosy verse is cute, Dragon Verse is a lot of different stories about dragon Ianto, and it is fantastic. Seriously. You can pretty much start with any story, but from the beginning is best. She has a sequential list on her site. Don't miss this verse. Twos and Blues is another AU (I love a good AU) with a beautiful Jack/Ianto love story. I hope she picks it up again. I miss it.

Hey, I rec'cd. Wrecked? LOL

Edit: See, I meant to hit preview, but my hand decided otherwise. Fixed the oopsies now, I hope.

Comments

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badly_knitted
Feb. 4th, 2014 09:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the rec!

I don't post anything that isn't complete in itself, or if there are chapters, I don't post anything until it's all written, because I don't want to leave people hanging. I do plan more in the Nosy-Verse, but each story is, as much as possible, a standalone. It helps if people read Capturing the Beast first though, just so they know what Nosy is.

I'm sure Twos and Blues will continue whe RL gets less stressful for the lovely zazajb.
excentric397
Feb. 4th, 2014 11:20 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear life is stressful for her. Hope things get better soon, even if she doesn't keep writing, but I do love Twos and Blues.
badly_knitted
Feb. 5th, 2014 12:56 pm (UTC)
I'm way behind in reading it because RL got in the way, but I loved what I read so I hope that it will get continued one day in the not too distant future. Life does have a bad habit of impacting writers so they either have no time or no energy to write, which is as frustrating to many writers as it is to their readers. When something unanticipated happens, it can throw everything into disarray. I've been through that twice in the last couple years.
iantojjackh
Feb. 5th, 2014 02:03 am (UTC)
I learned my lesson from my old fandom about posting WIP. Now I try to finish a multichapter story before I begin posting. Though all bets are off when sequels are demanded.
excentric397
Feb. 5th, 2014 02:36 am (UTC)
It just seems common sense to finish the story first. I can't imagine Herman Melville getting to the part where the whale goes crazy and then just disappears. Don't writers have a story to tell, or is just making it up as you go along the in thing? Not being a writer, I don't really get not finishing your story. I thought writers wrote because they had something to say, but clearly, fan fiction is a different genre altogether. 'I have this story. I'll post the first chapter. Tell me if I should write more. Comments are love.' No, finishing the story is love. Or at least consideration for your readers. Herman would not ask his readers if he should continue, either, I don't think. On the other hand, I can barely write a grocery list, so I have no room to judge. I just hate when I'm reading something really good and it just...stops. So now I wait.
iantojjackh
Feb. 5th, 2014 02:58 am (UTC)
I think it's the more immature writers that threaten to withhold a story if they don't get comments...seriously who does that? I can see some writers posting the first chapter to see if there is interest in a story.

I'd admit that's when I'm do a short one shot to see if there is interest and then expand and if there is no interest you have a nice well contained story. And I do have my verses where there is a series of stories, but all are contained stories.

Us, writers thrive on comments and it is always nice to them and sometimes it's a bit frustrating when you know people are reading and not dropping a quick note to say what they thought.
excentric397
Feb. 5th, 2014 03:33 am (UTC)
Guilty, but mainly because I usually convert to text and sent to my Kindle to read, then I forget to go back and comment. I will try harder. If the first chapter is contained, no harm done if it doesn't go on, but sometimes it looks so interesting that it's kind of a shame. On the other hand, say you expand and then lose interest, there we are again with an unfinished WIP. The author has the power, though, and since it's their creation, it is their choice what to do with it, and we readers really have no right to moan and groan. It's just the frustration. I want to know what happens, darn it. LOL I will seriously work at remembering to comment more. My bad. It's just so easy to read on my Kindle. I love my Kindle. Best money I ever spent.
iantojjackh
Feb. 9th, 2014 03:44 am (UTC)
That is understandable. I've been bad about catching up on replying to comments. Ha life is a bit crazy at the moment. Hopefully things will slow down in the next few weeks. I so wish I could be paid to write for a living.
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