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Within just a day, I’ve had the pleasure of hauling out my Thunderbirds knowledge (with all the attendant books and other paraphernalia) to help a couple of fellow fanfic writers and personal friends. It was certainly fun, especially all the stuff about Alan Tracy’s educational background. Add to this my posting the first chapter of one of my short stories (Burning Muses) at AO3 and uploading a new post to my RP, and I’m full of Thunderbirds at the moment. It’s given me quite a hunger for fic and for writing or editing what I already have up. I edited the first chapter of Burning Muses, making it tighter. In many respects it was like my edit of the little scene I wrote a few days ago. The changes I made brought forth Brains’s voice and made him less … poetic. (Because if Brains is anything, it is NOT poetic.)

Then, there was the chatter at the dinner table. We went from Gosford Park to Downton Abbey (which we have not seen) to Acorn (which streams Downton Abbey), and then to Netflix – where movies are more plenteous in DVD than in streaming. This led to BBC America (and how we could get it on cable), to other premium cable services, to Game of Thrones and whether or not the TV series matched the novels. That particular thought brought out movies that didn’t match their source material – Boy #2 brought up the Percy Jackson movie (The Lightning Thief). This brought the whole shebang back to … Thunderbirds! The Girl’s comment: “I knew there was another kids movie like that! ” Hubby brought up that Frakes had said in an post-film interview that he directed the movie that the producers wanted, even though he knew the fans would be “annoyed by it” (Hubby’s words, not Frakes’s.) I promptly chimed in. “Annoyed? Annoyed?” Which, of course, is far too mild a term to describe the old guard’s intense hatred of the film.

Maybe if he’d stayed closer to the source material, we’d have had another Thunderbirds movie. After all,  there will be another Percy Jackson film, coming out this year.

Some fandoms get all the luck…

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(I drafted this entry before the events of September 8. See the relevant post for more details on that. Didn't want people connecting the two... which shows my state of mind since, I think.)

"That's the main thing I've found with fan-created sites; as real life closes in, the site suffers because, let's face it, real life trumps fan-stuff every time." Me, August 23, 2008.

I wrote this when I recounted the revival of an archive that I'd thought had been dead/dying, but that has been resurrected in a new form. My question was - and still is - will the owner's commitment to his archive endure? I hope so, but knowing his past history, I'm skeptical.

However, during the past couple of weeks, I've come to realize something else that affects fan-created sites of all stripes: the "bright, shiny, new". This happens when a new, cool show/movie/book/what-have-you catches someone's attention and they basically drop the fandom(s) they're currently involved in like a lead weight to reach after the new thing. This isn't always a bad thing; people do mature in fandom and moving out of a fandom isn't always precipitated by a new one coming along. Sometimes it's not a dropping of one fandom, but an adding of another, with a fan giving both equal attention. But, in my own experience, it's often the first case that leaves archives, websites or messageboards abandoned by their owners - unless they turn the sites/boards over to someone who is responsible and enthusiastic about carrying it on.

Why is this particular observation coming to me now? Because I think I've got the "bright, shiny, new" myself. Not for another fandom. But more for other websites, other opportunities on sites where concentrated participation is de rigeur. Sites where, if you want to be read, reviewed, whatever, you must reciprocate - and reciprocate a lot. Sites that require focused daily attention.

Now, this isn't always a bad thing, either. For any one site to have a lively, panfandom atmosphere is rare, I think, and can be an interesting place. FanLib was like this; a lot of writers bravely read outside their fandoms, outside their comfort zones, and not only read but reviewed and gave good constructive criticism. I enjoyed that immensely, both from the giving and the receiving ends.

It's just that, for me to participate to the level that was expected, I found I had less and less time to devote to those fandom-specific ventures that I myself have started, or that have been entrusted to me by others. My own sites, in particular my MSN Groups, have languished, with only the occasional news item and the monthly caption contests keeping the sites from looking like they've been abandoned. My C2 community has been comatose for the past couple of years; I keep wanting to revive it, but never seem to have the time. I have seen so many things happen to other sites - their owners don't want to destroy them, but they don't have the time or inclination to keep up with them, or add to them. It makes me sad and irritated when the only posts I find on an otherwise interesting site are from "lonely singles" spammers that a somewhat interested group owner could remove with a couple of clicks.

And it's not just sites, it's fanworks, too. How many WIPs have fallen by the wayside due to this? I've been moving like molasses on my own three, and I get angry at myself about it. I'm determined not to abandon them, but it gets harder and harder to make the time to write each day. There are other storylines clamoring for my attention, not just in fanfiction, but in my role play as well. The role play comes first, the WIP second. When will the new ideas get their time if I'm determined to finish what I've begun before I start something new? (Not to mention that NaNoWriMo is just around the corner!)

So, which way do I go? Do I reach out to the newer sites, give them my time and energy? Do I go back and concentrate my efforts on my older sites? Do I shrink my fannish circle or do I expand it?

It's time to reprioritize and decide what is most important to the fan in me.

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We're supposed to have a brainstorming session this weekend for IR:TNP.

I know Lille and Hobbeth will see this, and part of me wants to leave it as private. But it's how I feel, and they should know. So here it is, gals, how I feel about the RP. I want to go on, but not by myself.

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The pages are just about ready.

The forum is up and running and the archives are transferred there.

The timeline is nearly decided on, but still needs to be transferred.

The art gallery still needs artwork uploaded to it.

The Tracy family history timelines still need building in some cases; I'm waiting to hear from Rain on that.

The links are estabished.

And Chapter 10 is heading down the home stretch.

We're almost ready to move.

Move what? International Rescue: The Next Phase

Move where? From MSN Groups to our own website on Rain's domain.

http://irtnp.meianou.com

Hopefully, shortly after July 14th.

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The other day I was bemoaning the fact that I couldn't get writing; there were too many ideas and they were all crowding around, demanding release.

Well, I released some of them yesterday and today.

Yesterday I:
wrote a post for The Magician
wrote a post for CIR
wrote two posts for


Thunderfan

wrote a post for
IR:TNP

posted the first chapter of Serendipity to fanfics.org

Today I:
finished chapter 15 of
Turnabout

posted said chapter to both fanfiction.net and fanfics.org

Now, on to chapter 16 of Turnabout and finishing chapter 4 of Serendipity. Plus trying to do a collaboration with Frankie for IR:TNP. I could probably come up with something for Daria's TB RPG, but I feel no compulsion to bail it out again. And I still have the novel to write on as well. I get butterflies in my stomach when I think of that undertaking. But it's got to come out.

On top of all this writing, I've actually managed to get a head start on supper. A pork roast is in the crock pot and all I have to do is a veggie and company rice. Hey, I might even do plain rice so that Hubby can enjoy the gravy. That's even easier.

Now, if I can only get the kids to stop picking on each other.... sigh.

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It has gotten downright cold here! Freeze warnings for last night and tonight. Gotta get the hubby to put down all the storm windows; the boys' room is freezing and we don't need a higher gas bill than the one we're going to get next cycle! I am so tempted to put some money into a few electric heaters; electricity is cheaper than gas right now and if last winter's bill is like this winter's bill, we'd probably save in the long run. I wish we had better insulation, but the people who built this old house were made of sturdier stuff than we are, apparently.

I feel the compelling need to write, but I have so many ideas in my head that I don't know which fic or which RP to start with! At least in IR:TNP, there are a couple of people with posts ready; I've given a nudge to the one who's supposed to start the ball rolling there. At CIR, I suppose it's my turn to post but trying to put something coherent together is eluding me. I posted last at Thunderfan, and a good one it was, too. One of my best lately at that site, in fact. I've got an idea for The Magician, but there are small details to work out there as well. Daria's Thunderbirds RPG is floudering again, but this time I feel no compulsion to jump in and save it.

I've got a bit of Turnabout chapter 15 done, but am still puzzling over how this bit of plot should go. And Washed Up (which I believe I will rename to Serendipity, since someone else on ff.net has a fic entitled, Wash Up) is buzzing around in my brain as well; problem is that it's later chapters that keep flying around. I suppose I should write them down so that I lose nothing. Then there's the novel, which I really feel bad about. But part of me just doesn't want to actually put fingers to keyboard! (Ironic, I know, seeing as that's just what I'm doing now.)

I guess that it's a matter of picking one and sitting down and writing it until I reach the chapter's end. And Turnabout is probably the one that needs my attention the most. So I guess I'll work on that first. Hopefully I can focus in on it and get this next chapter done.

November 2016

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