Author has written 2 stories for North and South.
I am a long time professional writer/editor (business, technical, and freelance) but fairly new to writing fanfiction. Reading and writing fanfiction has become a favorite hobby of mine over the past few years. I have read amazing, creative, and superb stories in fanfiction on this and other sites. In fact, reading one particularly engaging story inspired me to write my own fanfiction. I appreciate reviews, but for some reason, people aren't terribly interested in writing them. If you like a story or have a strong reaction one way or the other, why not give some feedback? Just make sure it's positive or at least constructive. You know, appreciate the tremendous time and effort it takes to write a story (which everyone enjoys - for free). Personally, I write a lot of reviews - typically for everything I read that I really like - sometimes for every chapter in an evolving story. That being said, I am particular about what I read and tend to (very quickly) discard stories that are rife with errors - even if the storyline is engaging. It's just too distracting to wade through as I find myself simultaneously editing as I read. I take in stories mostly for Pride and Prejudice, North and South, Robin Hood (BBC), and Fifty Shades of Gray.
I have written stories for both North and South and Robin Hood (BBC), although I removed my earlier stories for Robin Hood (Guy and Marian Take a Stand) and North and South (So Far to Go). I am in the process of rewriting, reworking and adding to those earlier stories and will upload them again once I am satisfied with the content. I don't know if other writers do this or not (upload and then remove and upload again), but I will probably follow this practice going forward. I believe the best thing a writer can do for a story is to rewrite and rewrite and rewrite. It's how writing is polished. But for my fanfiction stories it may go further than that. Once I pull them down and repost, you never know where it will go.
I think of my stories as fluid and they could change in big or small ways. So, don't be surprised if you happen to reread one of my stories and it seems different. It is. I also like to change the images for a story quite often. I have done graphics work in the past, so I like tweaking images to suit the story. It's fun. Personally, I like AU and OOC, when stories and characters deviate into new and unusual plotlines and personality traits, so I like to include those elements in my own writing.
My only issue thus far with fanfiction.com has been the strangeness I have encountered in some fandoms, especially in the one for Robin Hood (BBC). I have had to block people because they (oddly) feel personally affronted by a deviation from a Robin and Marian pairing or possessive about a character and upset with how I portray them. My response? It's my story. Get a grip people - you don't own the story or the characters. None of us do. Fanfiction is where you unlock your imagination. Just look at the upper left part of your screen. BTW - this goes for all stories. If you don't like stories that deviate from the origins or canon, don't read the ones labeled AU or OOC. My stories, including the one for RH, are or were clearly marked. For RH, I added a helpful "Guy and Marian" disclaimer to boot. I mention this, because the story is coming back and it is still a Guy and Marian love story, so get over it while you have a chance. I would assume that if a particular pairing didn't appeal to someone, he/she would simply read something else. Apparently, that's naive of me. Some shippers are, well, obsessive, even though these are fictitious stories and fictitious characters. I mean, it's pretty easy, if a story doesn't speak to you, move on. Right? It's a bit maddening, dealing with the haters and obsessives. People enthralled or enamored with a story is heartening, obsessives and haters, not so much.
Fanfiction writing is a time-consuming, labor-of-love effort. It shouldn't feel like dodging bullets from readers who have their own ideas about a story or its origins. It's hardly a reader's place or right to censure a writer. Read and review if you want, but if you want a different story, then - wait for it - write your own story. Problem solved! I know other writers have had issues like this as well. May I recommend my approach? In some case, trolls are "dressed" just like a legitimate reviewers - except that they have nothing to share except weirdness and vitriol. So, what I do is, block toxic users and delete toxic guest comments - they don't deserve the forum or the space since they just pollute the site and muddy genuine dialogue. Constructive criticism is useful and even helpful to a writer, but blatant, disturbed negativity should get bitch-slapped. On the plus side, I have had lovely, interesting, informative, insightful conversations with story followers in different fandoms, including Robin Hood (BBC). I enjoy talking with enthused people and value their perspectives - both writers and readers.
Some Favorite Books
Catch 22 . Mrs. Dalloway . Pride and Prejudice . The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy . The Secret Life of Bees . The Joy Luck Club . The Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood . The Brothers Karamazov . The Artist's Way . The Harry Potter Series . The Lord of the Rings Series
Some Favorite TV Series/Shows
Pride and Prejudice (1995) . West Wing (1999-) . The Gilmore Girls (2000-) . Band of Brothers (2001) . The Guardian (2001-) . Foyle's War (2002-) . Wire in the Blood (2002-) . North and South BBC (2004) . Blackpool BBC (2004) . Grey's Anatomy (2005-) . Sherlock BBC (2010-) . Smash (2012-)
Some Favorite Movies
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy (Swedish) . A Single Man . Bend it Like Beckham . Grosse Pointe Blank . Morning Glory . Pitch Perfect . The Birdcage . The Intouchables (French) . The English Patient . The Numbers Station . Hairspray (2007) . L.A. Confidential . The Blind Side . How to Train Your Dragon . Saving Mr. Banks . The Last Samurai
Some Favorite Musicians/Bands
Snow Patrol . One Republic . The Fray . The Kin . The Script . Mat Kearney . Sia . Sarah Bareilles . Garbage . Michael Buble' . Sarah McLachlan . James Vincent McMorrow . Joshua Radin . David Gray . Dead Can Dance . Counting Crows . Deva Premal . Radiohead
Some Words to Live by
The Four Agreements, by Miguel Angel Ruiz (Toltec Spiritualist)
1. Be Impeccable with your Word: Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.
2. Don’t Take Anything Personally
3. Don’t Make Assumptions
4. Always Do Your Best
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