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Exaltation and aggravation
The exaltation is that my partner is here for a visit and we’re on the road, wandering around the mountains of Washington. So far, we’ve mostly seen rain, clouds, trees, and – well, rocks and trees and trees and rocks and waterrrrrr!! But it’s all lovely.

Another bit of exaltation, easier to share, is that I got chapter 12 of Reverb finished, with some lingering holes patched (thanks Kirsty and Pepper!!), and finally posted! I’ll post a teaser and a link next.

The aggravation is that fanfic.net, aka The Pit, has once again tweaked their coding so that, once again EVERY SINGLE TEXT SPACER IN EVERY DAMNED STORY has been parsed out. I used to use ASCII characters, and ff.net tweaked its code so that they vanished from the displayed text. I switched to lines. Parsed out. Most recently, I switched to using dashes. Well, guess what’s been parsed out!?!

I have the most recent half-dozen chapters of Reverb still in the Docs Manager, so I replaced the lost spacers in those with a text spacer ( - x - ) that I hope will stay in place. But the spacers are important, damn it. I rely on pacing in my writing, and that’s a critical part of the pacing, not to mention key to basic reading comprehesion. Now I can either live with retroactively f*cked-up fiction, or go back and fix a couple of hundred thousand words of text.

And yes, I know that there are other archives.  But the readers are in the Pit, and I have to be where the readers are.  I've posted some pieces to other archives, and the traffic just isn't there.

Well, it’ll give me something to do while I’m mentally chewing over chapter 13, which is following the current tradition of being very reluctant to get started. As long as it also follows the pattern of coming together well when it finally does agree to get out of bed, I shall be content.

'Beth
May 2010

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curuchamion From: curuchamion Date: 2nd May 2010 15:40 (UTC) (Link)
'fanfic.net, aka The Pit, has once again tweaked their coding so that, once again EVERY SINGLE TEXT SPACER IN EVERY DAMNED STORY has been parsed out.'

Again? Dang.

*checks own stories* (Thankfully, most of mine don't have scene breaks!)

It seems that long lines of periods or of asterisks haven't been phased out yet. I think I may go back to the distracting but occasionally helpful convention of putting things like "SG1SG1SG1SG1" between scenes, though.
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lolmac From: lolmac Date: 2nd May 2010 16:27 (UTC) (Link)
As long as you have one item that's definitely a letter, and not a punctuation mark, it should be safe. So you can try a single SG, or -SG1- and that ought to help.
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jackwabbit From: jackwabbit Date: 2nd May 2010 17:28 (UTC) (Link)
Dude. I thought it was just me. I've been looking at some older fics lately and thought I was going crazy, as I could have sworn I put line breaks in them, but they weren't there.

God DAMMIT!

And I'm with you on the readers thing. It's true and there you go. I so can't redo all my stories, so they will have to exist as is, but man that is irritating! I'll go to a text breaker now. Gr! Argh!

Oh, and on another note - squee for you and Melissa! Have fun! Nice use of Arrogant Worms lyrics!
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From: technoshaman Date: 2nd May 2010 17:47 (UTC) (Link)
Worms lyrics? in the first graf?

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jackwabbit From: jackwabbit Date: 2nd May 2010 17:55 (UTC) (Link)
Absolutely!

The oldie but goody:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlQeW2HN0U0
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dieastra From: dieastra Date: 2nd May 2010 19:52 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, you had to go and put a link, and I had to go and click on it... Now I will have a catchy tune for days - again ;) Love Hoodat's videos, all of them, but this one is a classic.

And I usually put ***** in the middle of the page in between chapters in my stories. But I don't post on FF.net anyway.
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jackwabbit From: jackwabbit Date: 2nd May 2010 20:16 (UTC) (Link)
Yep on the first thing!

On the second ***** would not work on ff.net. That's what we're talking about. Neither will dashes, periods, commas, or any other non-text-based line break.
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dieastra From: dieastra Date: 2nd May 2010 20:20 (UTC) (Link)
Then I'm just glad I don't post there. I'll stick with LJ anyway.

Astra, who ran off to another fandom and just wrote her first Dr. Who FF...
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jackwabbit From: jackwabbit Date: 2nd May 2010 20:30 (UTC) (Link)
It has its pros and cons.

And good for you!
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lolmac From: lolmac Date: 3rd May 2010 02:11 (UTC) (Link)
Yay you!

At least DW fandom has its own archive -- Teaspoon -- which, I gather, does get traffic.
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dieastra From: dieastra Date: 3rd May 2010 21:25 (UTC) (Link)
I keep hearing about the Teaspoon archive, but never have been there yet. So far I only read stories of friends in the LJ, mostly TW/DW crossovers. My story is German so far, I would need to translate it yet. Somebody had made a picture and we all should write stories how it happened, kind of a challenge. And I got an idea.

Actually I thought my first story would be about Captain Jack Harkness, since I know the character so much better than the doctor. Seems life had other plans ;)
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lolmac From: lolmac Date: 3rd May 2010 02:10 (UTC) (Link)
Nope, you're not crazy (well, you are, but in a good way).

Argh.

And we have just spent another day admiring rocks and trees and trees and rocks and rocks and trees and trees and rocks. And water.
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jackwabbit From: jackwabbit Date: 3rd May 2010 03:33 (UTC) (Link)
Nope, you're not crazy (well, you are, but in a good way).

*beams*

And again, love those Worms!
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idlewild_ From: idlewild_ Date: 2nd May 2010 23:26 (UTC) (Link)
Seriously? Seriously. Gah. I am not fixing my stories. Maybe if and when I actually write enough to publish on there again. Gah.
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lothithil From: lothithil Date: 3rd May 2010 01:06 (UTC) (Link)
FCOL! *deep disgusted sigh*
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