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23 February 2012 @ 10:34 am
writing update  
I spent so much time at the bsg_epics comment question fest thingy, that I basically got nothing practical done, but omg so much fun! :D

I'm struggling with trying to make this part of Black Sails interesting when it is in fact an infodump blah blah crap you already know blah crap you should know if you were paying attention blah crap you're going wish you know real soon now blah blah We shall see how well I do at making it concise and important, and maybe interesting.

Story has also cracked 90K which is ridiculous! And I'd estimate I have another 5K more, except my estimates are notoriously off so it's probably more like 10K to wrap it up. Ah well, at least it'll be a big return for the folks who've been patiently waiting. I've never used the potential of story alerts on ff.net before, but I think I'll add a 'chapter' to Thread of Ariadne when it's time, to tell them the next/last installment is out. I haven't done that before but it seems like a reasonable thing to do, especially after so long. (it does feel a bit like Amazon, though -- "you expressed an interest in X, you may also then be interested in Y"... heh)
The Proverbial Bull in a China Shop...: Kara and Samsabaceanbabe on February 23rd, 2012 06:53 pm (UTC)
You know you shouldn't bias your beta audience, right? ;)

And the chapter alert thing at ff.net is something that people sign up for, so if they didn't want the alert, they shouldn't have, well, signed up for it. :P

Treading Water currently has like 28 people who have signed up for update alerts. I've never had that many people do that on a fic EVER. Crazy.
lizardbethlizardbeth_j on February 23rd, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
OH trust me it's basically got INFODUMP written on it - you'll know it when you get there! :D

I'm always confused by people who sign up for story alerts on one-off fics, though. Is that in the vain hope it'll continue, or I wonder if people use it as some kind of private bookmark system? FF.NET IS SO PERPLEXING SOMETIMES

wow, that's a lot (or at least for me). My max for alerts is 19 on Ariadne. Though I would guess HG is a pretty enormous fandom these days - and about to embiggen even more. so yay for you!
entertaining in a disturbing way: Can't be arrested for thoughtslyssie on February 24th, 2012 01:01 am (UTC)
I've read that people use them as a private bookmarking service for "things they're going to get round to reading eventually" as well as "things they don't want to favorite, but want to remember". I've always just found them sort of confusing.
lizardbethlizardbeth_j on February 24th, 2012 01:12 am (UTC)
Story alerts on multichapter things make sense, esp if you're not there all the time, but one-shots they must have another purpose. Or else there are some people who story alert everything. Which being ff.net wouldn't shock me either...
Une Frakkante Cylonne: Tricia- piggyback ride- leiascullysunshine_queen on February 23rd, 2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
lizardbeth: Anders-Thealizardbeth_j on February 23rd, 2012 07:47 pm (UTC)
Une Frakkante Cylonne: Tricia- blows kisses- krissie678sunshine_queen on February 23rd, 2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
Only ALWAYS. This only benefits me, you know. MORE SAM/SIX. :D :D :D
entertaining in a disturbing way: Kara Sam WHAT IS THISlyssie on February 24th, 2012 01:01 am (UTC)
Galactic Cupcake: you may refer to me as Godlostinapapercup on February 24th, 2012 06:37 am (UTC)
Story has also cracked 90K which is ridiculous!

You're a writing machine!
lizardbethlizardbeth_j on February 24th, 2012 06:56 am (UTC)
ah, that's until you realize I started this more than two years ago! And technically, it's been on the drawing board since "Not All That We Are", which is part 1 of this series, in 2008!

so yeah, my machine is not as speedy as you might think! at least not for this story. But I AM DETERMINED to finish!