Giving up Fic Writing-at least for now
Sunday, July 26, 2009

I've thought long and hard about this. I am giving up fic writing for several reasons.

First and foremost I have realized after reading many marvelous fics in several fandoms that I can never approach the level of writing of most of the talented writers out there. I don't have half the talent of a Janeo904, Rangersebulba (can't wait to read the first chapter of your novel), jackwabbit, Gillianrose, 2x2, Bytemite and others in the Firefly/Serenity fandom and elsewhere.

Characterization and dialog has always been hard for me. I have absolutely no problems with exposition. I can describe things until the cows come home, but getting to the heart of the psychology of a character through dialog and actions just escapes me.

I've tried working with a beta. Several have offered terrific suggestions but they seem to disappear just before the work is finished or don't appear when I need them.

I also am dealing with a lot of things in real life. I barely have time each evening to go to all the websites that I want to, much less write unless I stay up. I'm naturally a night owl but real life demands that I have a job and I have to get up early in order to make it to work. If I stay up late, I'm dragging all day and totally exhusted by the end of the week. Then I spend the whole weekend catching up on websites and sleep and the whole cycle starts all over.

That and a health problem that I'm currently dealing with has me a bit down in the dumps right now. I just can't do it now.

I won't disappear. I'll be reading everyone else's fic and enjoying it. And I'll be making comments, mostly that I absolutely love what you wrote.



Wednesday, July 29, 2009 2:54 AM


You know what? A break might be just the thing you need. And I will bet money (okay, maybe not mine, but money all the same!) that in a week or two something is going to leap from the screen and inspire you back into words.

And please don't stop writing because of us. It's lovely that you think we're talented, but we think you are too. And we need as many people out there writing about Firefly as possible!

But you need to think of yourself right now, and you have to put you first. So hang back, read, enjoy.

Oh, and if there's a snippet you'd like written, just let me know!

Sunday, July 26, 2009 3:26 PM


Aww, I've read your fics when I've gone through the archive and I've liked a number of them. You have such nice ranch backstories.

I can understand real life getting in the way, I barely have time to write myself, which is why it often takes me weeks to update. But don't let yourself stop just because of other people's writing. You know, I feel that way too, that they're a lot better than me, and that they're taking their stories in more interesting directions, and have more interesting characterization and more interesting word choice. But I have to tell myself, I have ideas too, and I have to tell them, or they'll drive me crazy fluttering around in my head.


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