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allah_sulu
Jun. 1st, 2010 01:27 am (UTC)
Okay, I don't write fanfic...

Maybe not, but someone on my friends list just pointed to this one (most likely NSFW; I only read the summary) about a gender-bending anomaly that gets reversed by sex. Sounds familiar (you bastard).
sethcohen
Jun. 1st, 2010 10:08 am (UTC)
In the introduction to one of Larry Niven's anthologies, one of his professional colleagues points out that all writers drink from the well of ideas...and it's what they do with what comes out of the well that makes the difference between a writer who does something new and interesting and one who rehashes what's already been done.

That being said, when it comes to gender-bending anomalies, I've read Phil Foglio. Very few people should take that idea and run with it if they're not prepared to be copying his work.
allah_sulu
Jun. 1st, 2010 10:12 am (UTC)
That being said, when it comes to gender-bending anomalies, I've read Phil Foglio.

So have I, and I've also watched Ranma ½.
sethcohen
Jun. 1st, 2010 10:23 am (UTC)
Yep. And that doesn't go as far as even PG-13 (were it following a US ratings system) if I recall correctly, so there's a lot of ground they intentionally left out.

It's a deep well. Since the bar for fanfic is set low (everyone can write it, everyone can post it where it can be read) I'm usually not interested. The existing process for authors to get published is, I'm sure, stagnant, inefficient, and corrupt...but I'm going to have to let someone else tilt at that windmill. I read enough bad stuff as is - my editorial skills are good enough that if I'm going to read crap, I want to be paid for it.
allah_sulu
Jun. 1st, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC)
there's a lot of ground they intentionally left out.

The creator of Ranma was once asked what would happen if Ranma got pregnant. Her response was something along the lines of "I don't think about that, and neither should you."

Since the bar for fanfic is set low (everyone can write it, everyone can post it where it can be read) I'm usually not interested.

I've pretty much avoided it like the plague for years.
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allah_sulu
Jun. 2nd, 2010 12:39 am (UTC)
OK, I do read some fanfic on my f-list. However, I no longer go out looking for it, or hang out in any other locations (newsgroups, etc. - Heck, I haven't been on Usenet at all in forever) where it might be found.
sethcohen
Jun. 2nd, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
I remember "hanging out". It was what I did when I had that thing called "spare time". I was reminded by more than one thing online that Balticon happened this weekend. I wanted to go. I just had no idea how I would get there without a Tardis.
allah_sulu
Jun. 2nd, 2010 09:07 am (UTC)
I was also reminded of Balticon, and spent just as much time there as you did.
sethcohen
Jun. 2nd, 2010 10:03 am (UTC)
Yes, but if I recall correctly, you're RUNNING YOUR OWN CONVENTION soon. That implies leisure time to me.
allah_sulu
Jun. 2nd, 2010 10:37 am (UTC)
No.

"Attending a convention" implies leisure time.

"Running a convention" implies work, stress, and insanity. It's because of our upcoming (this weekend!) convention that I had no time for Balticon or much else recently (Jim is just two hours away in Richmond, and I have no time to go down and visit). Sure, we hope to have some fun, too; but at this point part of me just wants it to be over.
sethcohen
Jun. 2nd, 2010 01:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, I understand. I just knew that if you were up to your ears the way I am, you wouldn't think to yourself, "Golly, I'm bored. I think I'll put on a convention!"
gwiii
Jun. 1st, 2010 05:03 pm (UTC)
I am not sure which disturbed me more, the fact that the uni-kitten has hoves fo no apperent reason, or Will in the Clown sweater AND gogo shorts. This is an image that will haunt me for at least the next eight minutes. Maybe nine.
sethcohen
Jun. 1st, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
This is an image that will haunt me for at least the next eight minutes. Maybe nine.

Excellent. My Work Here Is Done.
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