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01 September 2010 @ 12:33 pm
it is a vicious cycle  
I. So we are all in agreement, right? No Facebooking/Twittering of each other's posts? Good.

II. I am off to a cottage tomorrow morning! Well, I say "cottage", but supposedly it is like three times the size of my house. I will take pictures. Anyway, it also means as of tomorrow I will be gone from the internet until Monday evening. I know, it will be hard.

III. I finished s1 of Secret Diary last night! I ended up really liking it, which... wasn't a surprise, I guess, but the episodes are so short and I watched them in such short order that it felt like it went from "new show" to "ooo I like this!" quite quickly. I'll start on series 2 today but I probably won't round off the show until I come back from the cottage, so no spoilers plz.

I like the format, with her narrating directly to the camera but not in a mockumentary way; it's funny and it works. Billie is awesome, although this does not surprise me. I was surprised (in a good way) that she told Ben in episode four already. I was expecting more ~whacky shenanigans and lies~ but this is better. Also, the Matt Smith scenes were five times more hilarious now than they were when I watched them on YouTube pre-series 5.

Hmm, I guess I don't have much to say about it. But I am liking it a lot and am excited to watch the rest. And I saw on ONTD yesterday that they're filming series 4 now, so... score.

IV. Doing my modly duty:

It is your basic comment ficathon and it is running for the next couple weeks.

I have such a dumb relationship with ficathons and fests. Allow me to share.

Step 1 - The Ficathon/Fest/Whatever is announced/I find out about it

Thought process: "omg this will be so great I will write ALL THE FICS!!!"

Final action: Sign up for way more than you can deliver and/or stalk the post eagerly and tell all your friends about the AWESOME FICS you are TOTALLY GOING TO WRITE for the AWESOME FICATHON

Step 2 - The Ficathon Opens and Accepts Prompts

Thought process: "OMG OMG OMG... I don't have any prompts, I must jealously guard any good fic ideas I have so that I can write them."

Final action: Post no prompts and resign yourself to answering others'.

Step 3 - Fic Posting Begins

Thought process: "OMG!!! ...omg I can't write any of these. This prompt is too long, this prompt is too short, and this porridge is too cold. Why do all the prompts suck? Why do I suck? OMG why can't I write anything? OMG FICATHON I HATE YOU!"

Final action: Write maybe 200 words of fic for one prompt; hate all 200; flounce and write nothing while regarding the ficathon and the successful authors with resentment

Step 4 - The Ficathon Ends

Thought process: "Well that sucked for me. Hmmm. Maybe by the next one I will be better at writing prompts!"

Final action: repeat steps 1-4
turtle_gooseturtle_goose on September 1st, 2010 04:36 pm (UTC)

II. Hooray for vacations!


IV. I'm enjoying it already!
demented & sad, but social: dw: fanfic is srspapilio_luna on September 1st, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
IV. You may have noticed my general "Whatevs, guize, do what you want" attitude about the ficathon during the planning stages. That's because I have the exact same relationship with prompted ficathons. Especially commentfic ones because I feel all this ~time pressure and usually it takes me at least a week to mull over a prompt before I even start writing. That is, when I can handle the prompts at all.

I was going to post my crack AU idea from yesterday as a prompt, but then I decided to horde it for myself.
Kali: dw :: doctors :: something to live for_thirty2flavors on September 1st, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
I like comment ficathons more in theory because the fic output is smaller and it's less of a commitment and whatever. But I can usually never come up with anything anyway, so it ends up not mattering what style the ficathon is.

lol I horde all my good ideas too. Lately I've been more into writing fic than reading it which doesn't help.
juliet316: Mother Nature's Wrathjuliet316 on September 1st, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
I. AGREED! (especially since I don't have Facebook or Twitter)

II. Have fun! At least you don't have a hurricane heading your way!

III. Lovely!

IV. I've already prompted. I'll probably not write though as I've got too much on my plate already.
placebetween on September 1st, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
... I thought your number 1 came out of the blue until I commented on someone else's post and was just like LMFAO WHO EVER THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA?

Kali: misc :: like a proper adult_thirty2flavors on September 1st, 2010 05:51 pm (UTC)
Lizbazcat89 on September 1st, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
That is basically me with every ficathon ever. Except I usually never actually make it to the part where I write stuff.

I will cut (in the violent and lj sense of the word) anyone who uses fb connect on my entries.
Kali: scrubs :: star wars_thirty2flavors on September 1st, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
I wrote like 300 words last night but they are now homeless and unlikely to ever progress beyond that point. I still weep for my nonexistence femgen fics too.

UGH IKR. I mean, I don't have any Facebook info connected to my lj, and those of you who are also friends with me on Facebook aren't friends with any of my RL people, but it's still an uncomfortable possibility. Livejournal why are you the way that you are.
Lizbazcat89 on September 1st, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
It makes me terrified that I will post something about boys and the boy in question will see it and think I'm a crazy stalker and then life as we know it will end and stuff.

Jeanne "dancing in the" d'Arcrose_dawson on September 1st, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
So we are all in agreement, right? No Facebooking/Twittering of each other's posts?

Kali_thirty2flavors on September 1st, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
Jeanne "dancing in the" d'Arcrose_dawson on September 1st, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
Opal: TPS: Doctor Donna Marthashinyopals on September 1st, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
It always boggles me that there are people who don't do this for ficathons.

I am currently on step 3 for my virtual series fic and I ASSIGNED MY OWN PROMPT AND MADE EVERYONE ELSE DO WHAT I TOLD THEM BECAUSE OF THAT. ty, brain.
Kali: dw :: rose :: domestic approach_thirty2flavors on September 1st, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah I have bad writer's block right now so a ficathon is not helping, but WHYYY BRAIN, WHY WON'T YOU WORK. WRITING FIC USED TO BE SO EASY. D:
Dani: celeb // billie // perfectiondashafeather on September 1st, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
urgh, dnw my facebook and fandom to collide. Such a terrible idea lj.

Hm, I was thinking about watching Secret Diary. Maybe I should get on that then. I need some more Billie in my life.

lol, my thought process is much the same on ficathons. I can barely get out a couple of sentences, usually, despite the enthusiasm I have for them.
Kali: sd :: the best thing about london_thirty2flavors on September 1st, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC)
Ugh I know. If I wanted to crosspost that badly I could do it myself.

You should! I will admit the first, idk, episode or two it was kind of like OMG ROSE WUT R U DOIN, but eventually you kind of settle in and it's a lot of fun. The only thing I dislike is that I live at home and need to watch it with headphones for obvious reasons and headphones get uncomfortable after a while. But once I've watched all three series it'll be a good excuse to download a bunch of icons of Billie Piper looking hot so it is a fair trade-off I think.

lol EVERY TIME I think it will be different and yet...
Francesgoldy_dollar on September 1st, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
This LJ cross-post thing is such a bad idea, what were you thinking LJ. Most of us who use LJ are probably here because we dislike Facebook wtfffff.