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Hurricanes, work, reading, and wrestling with bigbang fics will cause you to forget about your on-going memes...

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Quiet day of errands today: mostly bank stuff, plus drafting anOTP posts for Carpe Horas. And the next of this meme is up ahead:

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Trying to keep up with this, so far so good: things have been fairly quiet, otherwise, aside from running errands and working on the infamous [community profile] vampirebigbang fic and Carpe tagging.

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Got behind on this again: I've been a bit preoccupied between house painting preparations, intermittent bouts of depression, RP tagging and glitches with my [community profile] vampirebigbang fic

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Getting back on track with this. At least I know now that the bouts of depression I've been having were a harbinger of That Time of the Month, not that it makes it any easier.

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So, turns out LJ is victim to yet another DDoS attack, much like the one that crippled the site for a week back in March. I had a feeling, on the second day of trouble, that it was a DDoS attack, and sure enough, http://status.livejournal.org confirmed my suspicions this morning. Wonder who's behind it this time (zat you, Anonymous??)? I suspect this might not be limited to LJ, as FaceBook, InsaneJournal and Dreamwidth have been a bit scothery this week as well. I ran across some info to the effect that this attack is so bad it's crippling LJ's service providers, so this is starting to look like the work of Anon...

I'm still hammering out more of my [community profile] vampirebigbang fic and clearing my LJ cookies every time I try to access the site.

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Despite LJ blacking out most of the day, I managed to get this entry ready, as well as getting another big chunk of my [livejournal.com profile] vampirebigbang fic hammered out.

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And on top of the writer's block, I have a fic challenge due on the 20th: I'm supposed to write twenty "Inception" drabbles by then (the challenge is even called [livejournal.com profile] drabbles20in20. I've gotten three done, and the well has dried up. I'm so bad off right now, even RP tagging is hard. I'm trying to do the usual things I do when I have writer's block (ie. take it easy, read things, watch stuff, try not to think about the writer's block, come back to it when the creative juices start flowing again. The problem is, my creativity feels mummified right now.

Add to the fact that I have a Deadline Looming, and this is bugging me. As the days tick by, I keep thinking how many drabbles I have to write each day in order to catch up, which is messing me up even more. I don't even feel comfortable talking about it, as I don't want to sound like the stereotypical whiny, emo artist.

Drabbles are incredibly hard to write. They're the haiku of fic. And trying to get a word picture into this postage-stamp sized space can be a real head-cruncher. Given how my brain has been feeling like something sucked the fluid out of my grey cells (Muraki, you didn't get hungry and start gnawing on my brain? Says His Paleness: "Remember that I am an energy feeder, not a zombie.") this is making the situation seem even worse.
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I'd actually be slightly pleased that someone thought my work was good enough to steal: notice when you hear about art heists, ie. the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist about twenty years ago, the thieves take the masterpieces. When's the last time you heard about someone stealing a Thomas Kinkade painting :: Laughs::?? (Not to slam Thomas Kinkade: his paintings are pretty, but to my eyes, they look more decorative than artistic)

But... and there's always a but. If it was something that I had been paid for, I would want the plagiarist to give me half of what s/he made from the piece they had piggybacked onto my work. If it was a fanfiction, and the bulk of my writing is fanfiction, I would prefer that credit is given where it is due. There are a number of writers who consider fanfic and other derivative works based on their work to be plagiarism, an opinion they are entitled to, but which I find restrictive. As long as credit is given, ie. disclaimers (eg. "I do not own Yami no Matsuei/Inception/Firefly, its characters, concepts or other indicia, which are the intellectual property of Yoko Matsushita/Christopher Nolan/Joss Whedon, etc. etc. etc.), there should be no contest about it. I'm all for the protection of intellectual property, but I'm not a fan of what I call the strangler fig school of copyright laws. As long as there are disclaimers in place and the person isn't profiting from the distribution of their creation, the creator of the derivative work should be cut some slack.
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Flood_ORLY)
So, I've started bracing for the debacle I wrote about in the Signal Boost post I put up in the wee hours of yesterday morning, rolled up my sleeves today and set to the arduous task of importing my fanfics from FF.N to AO3. I am not abandoning the FF.N page just yet: if the Grammar Nazis, or as I started calling them the Grammar Einsatzgruppen (after the infamous mobile killing units which certain German Fascists deployed to destroy anyone deemed imperfect by Hitler and his goons) have their way with the site, I may stop uploading fics to it just as a matter of principle and to avoid being caught up in the onslaught. I'm going to be watching my FF.N page a little more closely, just to be on the safe side.

This isn't too much of an inconvenience: I've been meaning to move more of my fics to AO3 anyway, this just gives me every good reason to get moving and do it. I've got all the fics on there now that I really want to keep. There are a few mediocre fics that I've decided to limit to the FF.N page, and while it would hurt a little to see those vanish, it wouldn't be much of a loss. But the bulk of the "A.I." fics, the Matrix fics, the "Truman Show" sequel, the "Sandman" fics are all going to AO3. Now all I need to do is edit the information on each story and actually post them: that's going to be the real hard part. Thank heavens the folks at AO3 fixed the glitch that was making it impossible to import from FF.N, and just in time, too. I was worried I might have to import all those fics by hand, which would have been a pain to say the least.

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