ostarella: (Writing)
I've once more been exposed to the "fanfiction isn't real writing" thing. And from a couple different directions. And while sitting quietly fuming, I found myself wondering why these nay-sayers don't make the same statement about television writers. You know, the ones that take "pre-determined" characters in a "pre-determined" setting with "pre-determined" circumstances and grind out a new script every week. How can that possibly be called "real writing"? Sure, they may throw in an OC now and then, or put the canon characters into a new situation, or delve more deeply into a canon character's psyche - but that's not "real writing". They didn't, after all, come up with these characters themselves. They didn't set up the premise by themselves. They're just taking what the original writer(s) made and taking it somewhere else. And with the added caveat that other people can come along and make them change things, or toss it all together - so they don't even have complete creative control over their "not real writing".

But nobody says television scripts aren't real writing. So apparently the only difference is that "real writers" are hirelings and fanfic writers do it for love.

How odd...
ostarella: (Writing)
I've once more been exposed to the "fanfiction isn't real writing" thing. And from a couple different directions. And while sitting quietly fuming, I found myself wondering why these nay-sayers don't make the same statement about television writers. You know, the ones that take "pre-determined" characters in a "pre-determined" setting with "pre-determined" circumstances and grind out a new script every week. How can that possibly be called "real writing"? Sure, they may throw in an OC now and then, or put the canon characters into a new situation, or delve more deeply into a canon character's psyche - but that's not "real writing". They didn't, after all, come up with these characters themselves. They didn't set up the premise by themselves. They're just taking what the original writer(s) made and taking it somewhere else. And with the added caveat that other people can come along and make them change things, or toss it all together - so they don't even have complete creative control over their "not real writing".

But nobody says television scripts aren't real writing. So apparently the only difference is that "real writers" are hirelings and fanfic writers do it for love.

How odd...
ostarella: (Excuse me)
I just found a story - not familiar with the author or characters, but I believe it's fanfiction - which inserted part of one of my stories into it, only changing the POV so it was like Hannibal telling these other characters about it. Now, the author did credit both me and the story at the beginning of the chapter, but I found it disturbing that she took my work without at least asking me first.

Obviously, I can't lay claim to the guys, but just as obviously, I put a copyright on all my stories simply so people won't take those stories and claim to have written them. As far as someone "using" my stories (such as in this case), I don't have a problem with that per se, as long as they acknowledge my authorship, which this person did. It's more the idea that she didn't ask first. Had she emailed me, there's a 99% chance I would have said no problem. (The 1 percent chance being if it were a totally atrocious story that took *my* story totally out of its context.)

But it also raised some questions for me as a writer of fanfic. Because, after all, we're borrowing from someone else. And we don't exactly ask. So on the one hand, is this any different? On the other hand, fanfic writers are all a few steps down in the food chain from the people who actually own the shows/characters and make money from it, and being together in that spot kinda behooves a certain "code of conduct", ie, you don't poach from other authors without at least asking first. I mean, it's not like the author couldn't find a way to contact me. And her own website states,

However, [original character], her family, anything connected with her, and various other characters/things that dos not belong to someone else (but may be derived from someone else's ideas, which I'll credit) does belong to me. They will be so noted! Please ASK if you wish to use them!!

So I guess my main beef is that she should have asked me.
ostarella: (Excuse me)
I just found a story - not familiar with the author or characters, but I believe it's fanfiction - which inserted part of one of my stories into it, only changing the POV so it was like Hannibal telling these other characters about it. Now, the author did credit both me and the story at the beginning of the chapter, but I found it disturbing that she took my work without at least asking me first.

Obviously, I can't lay claim to the guys, but just as obviously, I put a copyright on all my stories simply so people won't take those stories and claim to have written them. As far as someone "using" my stories (such as in this case), I don't have a problem with that per se, as long as they acknowledge my authorship, which this person did. It's more the idea that she didn't ask first. Had she emailed me, there's a 99% chance I would have said no problem. (The 1 percent chance being if it were a totally atrocious story that took *my* story totally out of its context.)

But it also raised some questions for me as a writer of fanfic. Because, after all, we're borrowing from someone else. And we don't exactly ask. So on the one hand, is this any different? On the other hand, fanfic writers are all a few steps down in the food chain from the people who actually own the shows/characters and make money from it, and being together in that spot kinda behooves a certain "code of conduct", ie, you don't poach from other authors without at least asking first. I mean, it's not like the author couldn't find a way to contact me. And her own website states,

However, [original character], her family, anything connected with her, and various other characters/things that dos not belong to someone else (but may be derived from someone else's ideas, which I'll credit) does belong to me. They will be so noted! Please ASK if you wish to use them!!

So I guess my main beef is that she should have asked me.
ostarella: (Fang)
Fang is a girl.

I know this because she went into heat this morning. So now have to make an appointment with the vet and get that little problem taken care of. At least she isn't yowling - yet, anyway. So far more a meow/purr combination, along with the other typical behaviors. At least there's no more waiting to see if "his" little nubbins show up LOL

Still no word on my website problems - well, I've gotten a couple emails from their "support" people (and I use that term loosely) basically telling me to do the same things I've been doing to correct it - and it's still nowhere to be found. Gawd. So looking at GoDaddy and warped.com to see about moving it there. Main concern is finding a place where I don't have to be a computer genius to get it up and maintained.  As long as all I have to do is code the html and upload it, I'm happy. :D

Weather-wise, the near 40 degree temps that were forecast never materialized - low 30s, upper 20s for the coming week or so. And last night we got an ice storm - law enforcement for the area was "strongly recommending" no travel on secondary roads and main highways weren't much better. Intermittent rain/sleet today - walked down to the store a while ago and got soaked, plus came close to some near disastrous tumbles. But now I can cocoon for a few more days :D

My writing has taken a beating with all the tech problems - but I'm getting my psyche settled now so hopefully will be getting productive. I have been doing some holiday pieces and quick picks - about all my attention span will handle at the moment - but at least it's something.

Ah well. Tomorrow's another day...
ostarella: (Fang)
Fang is a girl.

I know this because she went into heat this morning. So now have to make an appointment with the vet and get that little problem taken care of. At least she isn't yowling - yet, anyway. So far more a meow/purr combination, along with the other typical behaviors. At least there's no more waiting to see if "his" little nubbins show up LOL

Still no word on my website problems - well, I've gotten a couple emails from their "support" people (and I use that term loosely) basically telling me to do the same things I've been doing to correct it - and it's still nowhere to be found. Gawd. So looking at GoDaddy and warped.com to see about moving it there. Main concern is finding a place where I don't have to be a computer genius to get it up and maintained.  As long as all I have to do is code the html and upload it, I'm happy. :D

Weather-wise, the near 40 degree temps that were forecast never materialized - low 30s, upper 20s for the coming week or so. And last night we got an ice storm - law enforcement for the area was "strongly recommending" no travel on secondary roads and main highways weren't much better. Intermittent rain/sleet today - walked down to the store a while ago and got soaked, plus came close to some near disastrous tumbles. But now I can cocoon for a few more days :D

My writing has taken a beating with all the tech problems - but I'm getting my psyche settled now so hopefully will be getting productive. I have been doing some holiday pieces and quick picks - about all my attention span will handle at the moment - but at least it's something.

Ah well. Tomorrow's another day...

Updating

Jan. 18th, 2010 01:42 pm
ostarella: (default)
Well, things are going a bit better today. I've caught up with all my beta work - thank God! And I've gotten a lot of stuff transferred to the new computer, but still have a ton left. Maddening thing is I wanted to put stuff on DVDs for transfer but of course, that's too easy. Apparently DVDs are very picky about what files they'll take - or at least, the programs one has to have to burn DVDs are. Someone explain to me why DVDs should be any different than CDs in that respect? Like so many things having to do with computers - why make it simple when difficult will do?

Finally got the Christmas tree down the other day - with a lot of help from a certain kitten. I'll have some pictures up later. Suffice it to say, garlands, strings of lights, and tree branches in general make for great playthings :p  My brother had all his camera equipment up yesterday, experimenting with his newest camera - Fang considered all the tripods and other equipment his jungle gym. Good thing those things are very sturdy - and that my brother has lots of patience LOL

Okay - back to intermittently transferring stuff and hopefully getting back to my own writing. That took quite a hit the last few days, what with all these problems. Still haven't got my website back up but not for lack of trying. Soon - even if I have to find a pay-for host. Gawd...

Updating

Jan. 18th, 2010 01:42 pm
ostarella: (default)
Well, things are going a bit better today. I've caught up with all my beta work - thank God! And I've gotten a lot of stuff transferred to the new computer, but still have a ton left. Maddening thing is I wanted to put stuff on DVDs for transfer but of course, that's too easy. Apparently DVDs are very picky about what files they'll take - or at least, the programs one has to have to burn DVDs are. Someone explain to me why DVDs should be any different than CDs in that respect? Like so many things having to do with computers - why make it simple when difficult will do?

Finally got the Christmas tree down the other day - with a lot of help from a certain kitten. I'll have some pictures up later. Suffice it to say, garlands, strings of lights, and tree branches in general make for great playthings :p  My brother had all his camera equipment up yesterday, experimenting with his newest camera - Fang considered all the tripods and other equipment his jungle gym. Good thing those things are very sturdy - and that my brother has lots of patience LOL

Okay - back to intermittently transferring stuff and hopefully getting back to my own writing. That took quite a hit the last few days, what with all these problems. Still haven't got my website back up but not for lack of trying. Soon - even if I have to find a pay-for host. Gawd...
ostarella: (Joy)
Found an old website on the Wayback Machine that has TAT fanfic I've never even heard of before! Okay, so some aren't the greatest (Commodore Decker, Sarah Bancroft) but what the heck? There's some pretty good ones there as well.

web.archive.org/web/20021203081422/http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Academy/8387/archive.html
ostarella: (Joy)
Found an old website on the Wayback Machine that has TAT fanfic I've never even heard of before! Okay, so some aren't the greatest (Commodore Decker, Sarah Bancroft) but what the heck? There's some pretty good ones there as well.

web.archive.org/web/20021203081422/http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Academy/8387/archive.html
ostarella: (BSG)
Come one come all to the Battlestar Galactica Club. Why? Glad you asked. We are proud to announce a Fan Fiction writing contest.

With the possibility of a new Classic Battlestar Galactica movie coming out, we here at the BSGC, thought it appropriate to let YOU, the Classic BSG fan, write the opening scene for the new movie as you would imagine it.

Here are the rules:

1. It must be in the Classic (TOS) BSG format. NO GINO (The Ron D. Moore/Sci-Fi Channel series) IS ALLOWED.

2. The submitter must be familiar with the Classic BSG universe (The 1978-79 series)

3. The submission must be 2000ish words.

4. All submissions must be made by board members. This means you need to join the BSGC to enter the contest. No outside submissions will be accepted. To join simply head to http://bsgc.proboards.com and sign up. Account validation will usually be within 8-24 hours.

5. With the exception of Hawke (who’s putting on the contest), everyone in the BSGC membership (including staff members) is eligible.

6. It must be an UNPUBLISHED work. This means that it cannot exist anywhere else.

7. Submissions must be made in the Contest Fan Fiction Submissions sub-board off of the Fan fiction & crossovers board.

That’s it. We will accept submissions for 2 months, and the entire board membership will vote by a poll on which submission is best. At the end of the 2 months the winner will be announced.

Now, it wouldn’t be much of a contest without prizes, would it? Here they are:


1st Prize: CHANGED: Autographed picture of Richard Hatch

2nd Prize: A brand new, never been opened ,Classic Battlestar Galactica “The Complete Epic Series” DVD set along with a complete set of David Kiern’s Classic BSG fan edits on burned DVDs. These edits can be watched/previewed in the theater at the BSGC. The edits consist of the Classic BSG episodes Saga Of A Star World, The Tombs Of Kobol (Episode - Lost Planet Of The Gods), Gun On Ice Planet Zero, Living Legend, War Of The Gods, and Judgement Day (Episode – The Return Of Starbuck). This prize is being provided by Hawke.

3rd Prize: A brand new never opened, still in the box 12 inch Gold Cylon Commander figure. This prize is being provided by Hawke.



*DISCLAIMER* Prizes are subject to change/be added to.
Well, that’s it. The deadline for the contest Is Midnight Central Standard time on January 6, 2010


Good luck everybody.

ostarella: (BSG)
Come one come all to the Battlestar Galactica Club. Why? Glad you asked. We are proud to announce a Fan Fiction writing contest.

With the possibility of a new Classic Battlestar Galactica movie coming out, we here at the BSGC, thought it appropriate to let YOU, the Classic BSG fan, write the opening scene for the new movie as you would imagine it.

Here are the rules:

1. It must be in the Classic (TOS) BSG format. NO GINO (The Ron D. Moore/Sci-Fi Channel series) IS ALLOWED.

2. The submitter must be familiar with the Classic BSG universe (The 1978-79 series)

3. The submission must be 2000ish words.

4. All submissions must be made by board members. This means you need to join the BSGC to enter the contest. No outside submissions will be accepted. To join simply head to http://bsgc.proboards.com and sign up. Account validation will usually be within 8-24 hours.

5. With the exception of Hawke (who’s putting on the contest), everyone in the BSGC membership (including staff members) is eligible.

6. It must be an UNPUBLISHED work. This means that it cannot exist anywhere else.

7. Submissions must be made in the Contest Fan Fiction Submissions sub-board off of the Fan fiction & crossovers board.

That’s it. We will accept submissions for 2 months, and the entire board membership will vote by a poll on which submission is best. At the end of the 2 months the winner will be announced.

Now, it wouldn’t be much of a contest without prizes, would it? Here they are:


1st Prize: CHANGED: Autographed picture of Richard Hatch

2nd Prize: A brand new, never been opened ,Classic Battlestar Galactica “The Complete Epic Series” DVD set along with a complete set of David Kiern’s Classic BSG fan edits on burned DVDs. These edits can be watched/previewed in the theater at the BSGC. The edits consist of the Classic BSG episodes Saga Of A Star World, The Tombs Of Kobol (Episode - Lost Planet Of The Gods), Gun On Ice Planet Zero, Living Legend, War Of The Gods, and Judgement Day (Episode – The Return Of Starbuck). This prize is being provided by Hawke.

3rd Prize: A brand new never opened, still in the box 12 inch Gold Cylon Commander figure. This prize is being provided by Hawke.



*DISCLAIMER* Prizes are subject to change/be added to.
Well, that’s it. The deadline for the contest Is Midnight Central Standard time on January 6, 2010


Good luck everybody.

ostarella: (Arrgh)
Well, it was raining most of yesterday. When it stopped for a while, late afternoon, I took Fang's dinner out for him. Did the round-robin bit for a while and then it started to rain again. I took his food dishes into the tool house (where he lives for now) and then... well, I was getting soaked and didn't want to be, he was getting soaked and didn't want to be, I got a little impatient and picked him up when I really shouldn't have - and will probably bear the scars for the rest of my natural life. So some fence-mending to do today - but "She Who Feeds Shall Always Be Forgiven" - the Law in Stray Animal Land.

The irritant was a series of posts on an A-Team board - hopefully being worked out by the Admins over there. Not saying people have to like certain characters or the actors who play them, but you don't have to insult those who do by insulting the character/actor. Vast difference between that and the "friendly rivalry" that has existed ever since I can remember. Shows not only a definite immaturity but an even bigger dose of stupidity.

Basically, yesterday was a series of misadventures and wasted time - did not get as much cleaning done as I had hoped, did not get as much writing done as I had hoped (well, got a lot of writing done, but most of it went the way of the delete button), and I spent a great deal of time wishing fervently that I had my RV/bus/camper/vehicle and was on the road to anywhere other than where I was.

Hopefully today will be better...
ostarella: (Arrgh)
Well, it was raining most of yesterday. When it stopped for a while, late afternoon, I took Fang's dinner out for him. Did the round-robin bit for a while and then it started to rain again. I took his food dishes into the tool house (where he lives for now) and then... well, I was getting soaked and didn't want to be, he was getting soaked and didn't want to be, I got a little impatient and picked him up when I really shouldn't have - and will probably bear the scars for the rest of my natural life. So some fence-mending to do today - but "She Who Feeds Shall Always Be Forgiven" - the Law in Stray Animal Land.

The irritant was a series of posts on an A-Team board - hopefully being worked out by the Admins over there. Not saying people have to like certain characters or the actors who play them, but you don't have to insult those who do by insulting the character/actor. Vast difference between that and the "friendly rivalry" that has existed ever since I can remember. Shows not only a definite immaturity but an even bigger dose of stupidity.

Basically, yesterday was a series of misadventures and wasted time - did not get as much cleaning done as I had hoped, did not get as much writing done as I had hoped (well, got a lot of writing done, but most of it went the way of the delete button), and I spent a great deal of time wishing fervently that I had my RV/bus/camper/vehicle and was on the road to anywhere other than where I was.

Hopefully today will be better...
ostarella: (BSG)
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ostarella: (BSG)
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My Bad

Apr. 22nd, 2009 09:53 pm
ostarella: (Witchy)
Cruising the net looking for info for new discussion topic for [livejournal.com profile] lousyfic and I came across this:

www.trickster.org/symposium/symp36.htm

So yeah. Not the only ones...

My Bad

Apr. 22nd, 2009 09:53 pm
ostarella: (Witchy)
Cruising the net looking for info for new discussion topic for [livejournal.com profile] lousyfic and I came across this:

www.trickster.org/symposium/symp36.htm

So yeah. Not the only ones...

ostarella: (Writing)
Just updated my fanfic site, Shadowwalker's A-Team Fanfic.

Added the next chapter to Covenant, holidays pieces Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day, Tell A Fairy Tale Day, Bubble Bath Day - revised, and QPs Slash, Incendiary, Fire, and Drive, as well as updated my links page.

http://home.mchsi.com/~ostarella/home.html


ostarella: (Writing)
Just updated my fanfic site, Shadowwalker's A-Team Fanfic.

Added the next chapter to Covenant, holidays pieces Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day, Tell A Fairy Tale Day, Bubble Bath Day - revised, and QPs Slash, Incendiary, Fire, and Drive, as well as updated my links page.

http://home.mchsi.com/~ostarella/home.html


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