Author has written 3 stories for Stargate: Atlantis, and FreeSpace 2.
I'm a 34 year old man who is married to highly talented writer of a wife. I've known about this site for a while and a few months ago I encouraged my wife to try writing fan fiction as a means of getting her creative juices flows on her stalled original work. Low and behold she is flourishing, with fan and glowing reviews galore. So now I'm trying my hand at it.
I'm an avid reader, gamer and all around sci-fi junky. And like most scifi nerds I think I can do it better than the pros (Delusions of Grandeur much?)
Anyway I've been cobberling together my own scifi verse for a while and figured a bit of cross-over fiction would be a good way to feel if my ideas have weight.
I draw inspiration from... Stargate, Star Wars, Star Trek, Babylon 5, Firefly, Mass Effect, Freelancer, Freespace, Terminator, Bionic Woman and a whole slew more.
Update: For those of you who have followed my work, I'm sure you can see that I'm taken down The Crossed Paths Saga. There is a good reason for this! For improvement and retooling. In an effort to tell a better story, I'm shifting gears and giving more attention to character development over technical specs and whatnot. When the stories go back up they will in theory be much better.
The Crossed Paths Saga
Crossed Paths Episode One: Encounters Version 2.0 - Set during the end of Season One, Atlantis is about to come under attack from Wraith force. Now at the darkest hour, can a new set of players change the outcome of the game and if so, at what stakes? - Completed
Crossed Paths Episode Two: Settling In - The Wraith have been pushed back and for now Atlantis is safe. Now comes the time to see how the GTA personnel adapt to life in the Pegasus galaxy. And how will the Atlantis Expedition cope with the fact that their new allies play by their own set of rules? - Coming Soon
Crossed Paths: Episode Three: Differing Views - The negotiations are finalized and the agreements are signed. So why are things more tense than ever? Plans are in conflict and friendships are strained. Can Weir and Takase hold things together while still pursuing independent goals? - Coming Soon
A few thoughts on Reviews and Constructive Criticism
There seems to be a duality of the attitudes regarding why we publish our works here on FanFiction.net
On one side we have those who claim that which the post to share their works would like-minded fans, they mainly work for themselves and for their own satisfaction. That posting on the site is more about the sense of achievement than about kudos and praise.
On the other side are those who claim that the act of publishing their work is a clear if unspoken call for feedback and if due praise. That by making their work available for peer review that they holding themselves to a community standards and that criticisms are an acceptable risk.
Personally I feel that the true lies somewhere in between. Yes, first and foremost writer must write for themselves. We write because there is an idea, a plot that is whispering in the back of our heads and that the only way to scratch the proverbial itch is to realize that idea to it’s fullest. Before all others, the story must satisfy the writer. However, the act of publishing is to seek praise and approval from your fans and peers. Professional authors get that feedback by book sales and the educated reviews of experts in the field. We as amateurs writing on a fan fiction site can not ask for payment, therefore the only feedback we get are our hit counts and peer reviews.
So, what does that mean? It means that there is an unspoken but real duty to review the stories you read. Maybe not every one as that would make the task a chore but I think you should at least review the stories you add to your favourites. If the work is good enough it earns a spot on your list, let the author know that with more that an automatic alert. But please don’t review with, “I loved it. Keep going.” It feels lazy. Tell the writer what you liked and ask questions about the plot. Good writers love that. We love it when the plot makes you think, makes you question. If you pose thoughtful questions to the author, he may even give you behind the scenes insights into what’s coming up.
What if you read something bad? Well that’s a bit trickier. If the work has potential but is clumsily written, review it and offer advice on how to make it better. Tell the writer what you liked and what needs to changed or fixed. Offer suggestions to work around pitfall and as is often needed, remind the writer to reach out to the Beta community. With any luck the writer will take your ideas to heart and make the needed changes. If they don’t and continue to post weak work, then you may want to take the conversation to Private Messages and probe deeper. Don’t attack the writer, as it will only force a defensive response. Express your concerns in a clear calm way and try to get the writer to explain their POV. If you can open up a dialogue, hopefully you can determine whether the work is worth continuing to follow or if it be forgotten.
What about something really bad; something abysmal that you couldn’t even finish that first chapter? Personally I’m of the mind to say, “Save yourself some suffering and stop reading.” If you want to review that’s your call but often if something is that bad, not amount of ‘concrit’ will save it. Please don’t flame… it’s not helpful and it comes off as childish at best.
Obviously this is just my opinion, but I hope it gave you something to think about.
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