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Saw this from moreteadk and decided to take the test. I was averaging 97-98 wpm listening to Sarah McLachlan, but then my iTunes random hit Gym Class Heroes's "The Queen and I" and I hit my high of:

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Lesson: music that pumps you up also hypes up your fingers!

All my D/G people are following round 4 of dgficexchange, yes yes? Featuring layout by twinklepug, sign ups start in about a week!

So, also got a question for you: Which of your own fics/art are you most proud of? Follow-up: Which fic/art of yours do most readers like? Same fic, y/n? I was going to ask which one is your favorite, but that might not be the one you're most proud of :P (It isn't for me!) Feel free to link me!

I've been wondering this for a while. I have this theory that the one you're proud of isn't usually the one most people seem to like. Example: The Barest Hint of Lemon is the fic I'm still getting reviews for. But, for many reasons, it's not what I'd put up as my best work. It's not that I don't like it, it's just...not what I'm most proud of.

On a related note, without a doubt, my absolute WORST has to be this D/G I wrote in 2004 called "Love, Ginny." Oh my god. It was worse than some of the earlier BSB fics I wrote. Best thing ff.net ever did was wipe my account clean and destroy that fic. Except like a year later I found out streetscribbles saved it. And then her computer got wiped and I thought now it's truly gone. And then she told me she somehow recovered it. Love, Ginny: The Fic That Just Wouldn't Die. Morbid fascination compelled me to ask her to send me the fic, to see if it was as bad as I remembered. It was so much more than that, I cannot say. For a while, before she sent it to me, I was debating whether I should put it up as a "how far I've come" thing, but for the good of all, that thing will never be up for public viewing.

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pardonthelitany
Jan. 9th, 2008 01:52 pm (UTC)
you are both crazy. fucking crazy typing people. you should be secretaries. so there.

The Absence is beautiful. though i would agree with the "messy" sentiment. i think the story itself is not messy, but it does feel ...discombobulated, perhaps. it really is beautifully written, though.

i thought more about the purpose of this post, and i have to say that the story i'm most proud of is Memorials, but i think the one people like best is A Slow Descent. and i'm definitely also proud of that one. but i find it strange, and almost amusing, that my favorite thing i've ever written has gotten such mediocre responses from everyone that's read it- including my mother, and she's supposed to unconventionally love everything i do.

i think for the writer though, it probably has a lot more to do with process than result, you know? i mean, i remember you remarking on Barest Hint of Lemon and saying that you hadn't put too much effort into it-comparatively. that would have a huge effect on your own perception. and perhaps your readers are more objective (though maybe not the best) judges.

it's definitely one of the stranger dynamics of the reader/writer relationship, especially, i should think, in the world of fandom.
applecede
Jan. 10th, 2008 07:00 am (UTC)
<3 I KNEW you'd get what I meant! It's messy. I feel like there's some good raw material there, I just...got really lazy and didn't bother editing/refining it. My defense was, they're messed up in their heads. EXCUSE EXCUSE! haha :P

You totally support my theory :D You raise a really good point though, that for us it's DEFINITELY the process that contributes a lot to how we feel about the fic. I slaved over Absence...maybe that's why I think it's better, cuz I spent so much time on it, which is not necessarily always true, you know?

Since Hallucinating Foucault, I've been thinking a lot more about reader/writer relationships :D
pardonthelitany
Jan. 10th, 2008 08:03 am (UTC)
ARG, Hallucinating Foucault.... the relationship between Foucault and Michael was perfect, wasn't it? and aren't you a little jealous... i know i am. there's something about the idea of having someone read and understand everything you've written. le sigh. the second time i read it, i cried at the first mentionings of Michael's breakdown.

HAHA, some excuse. i guess that actually works rather well. i can see it being a literary device....

....or at least, i can see some english student describing it as such. ;D