Author has written 4 stories for Friends, and NCIS.
All story ideas on temporary hiatus after not one, not two, but three computers committed ritualistic suicide on me. New computer, new stories. Shouldn't be much longer now.
This is the essence of the transaction between storyteller and audience. The "true" story is not the one that exists in my mind; it is certainly not the written words on the bound paper that you hold in your hands. The story in my mind is nothing but a hope; the text of the story is the tool I created in order to try to make that hope a reality. The story itself, the true story, is the one that the audience members create in their minds, guided and shaped by my text, but then transformed, elucidated, expanded, edited, and clarified by their own experience, their own desires, their own hopes and fears.
Orson Scott Card (Ender's Game, Introduction)
33 year old man in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas. I do more reading than writing, and I had a bunch of stories up years ago, but they got lost somewhere. As I don't have copies of them, they're gone forever. So, I'm making some new ones when the muse hits me like a ton of bricks.
I never read a reviews before I do a review, the review is my comments, not my comments tempered by others.
I don't publish much, but I do review alot. Having said that...You know what I hate? When I read stories or profiles that say "if you don't review, I won't write more". Or, "I won't post until I get X reviews." Total BS.
You won't get that from me. I write for me, I just let you in on the secret. If you want to review, thank you for taking the time. If not, I hope you enjoyed it.
I do hope you do review if I've gotten something wrong, so I don't make the same mistake twice.
I don't leave extremely negative reviews in public. If I feel that you have completly screwed the pooch on something, I'll let you know in a PM. If its something minor that takes nothing away from the story, you may see it in public, but not always.
Second thing I hate...when stories go on hiatus. If the author isn't going to be near a computer for a while, I understand fully. But, to make a truly good story, to make it flow from one chapter to the next, and have the fifteenth chapter make sense with the first, you can't just make it up as you go. At least have a rough draft written, and tweak it before you post it. But, when you get to chapter 16 and have to say, "Sorry, the muse has left me on this one," that just pisses people off.
This site is here for you to publish your works. How you get better is with reviews. People aren't going to review if you constantly leave your stories hanging.
On my computer I have about a dozen stories, in various stages of completion. I have a couple dozen more in my head. Some will make it to this site, some will make it to others (non-fan fiction). Some won't make it out of my computer's hard drive or my head. But, if you see I have a story up, it'll make it all the way through. Because its already written. All it takes is to get it posted.
Common courtesy to your readers. Its not that hard.
I only have three FF real pet peeves.
One is anglicisms when it should have americanisms (for example: mum-mom). If you're writing for an American show/movie/book, then you should use the americanism. If you're writing for a British show/movie/book, use the anglicism. This doesn't apply for British characters in American shows and vice/versa.
The second is the use of homonyms (words that sound the same, but don't mean the same). Such as: "they're/their/there". All it takes is to have someone else read it before you post it and you won't run into these problems. It doesn't change the story, just makes it annoying and a hang-up when you come across them. Just because it passes the spell check, doesn't mean its the right word.
Which brings me to my third pet peeve. Spelling. There are plenty of free spell checkers out there, and the programs that support FF.net all have powerful spell checkers built into them. Hell, before you post the new chapter to the story, FF.net has a built-in spell checker. Use them! It doesn't take that long, and actually adds to the story, or at least doesn't detract from it.