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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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Touchtyping



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. 7th, 2008 04:32 am (UTC)
my speed test was absolutely pathetic. but i don't think i'll ever be an amazing typist. even after all those typing classes years ago. i think it's fair to say i've improved though.

HAHA about Love, Ginny. i liked it. but i've already told you all about what i think of it. you should post it... you've definitely come far. <3

I won't do the "Which fic are you most proud of?" thing, b/c i don't know if i rightly can, but i did want to ask- which fic are you most proud of?
applecede
Jan. 7th, 2008 05:08 am (UTC)
HAHA it's okay! Betty got 120 wpm. WTF RIGHT?! But as she pointed out, that's not our regular leisurely typing speed, HAHAHA. That's just like, FURIOUS FINGERS FLYING!

HAHAH JEN SHUT UP! I liked it when you opened with "...Uhh...well...it's not your best." BEST FEEDBACK EVER :D ♥

Oh MAN. HAHA Damn you, you noticed I didn't mention that :P I'd say The Absence overall has my best writing? It's also the messiest though, and also it's kind of recent which might be why I think of that one.
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