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22 November 2011 @ 04:01 pm
AO3 Mirroring Complete  
I recently mirrored my last existing fanfiction (stories and poems) from my own fansite to my AO3 account, and wound them all back to their original dates.  (This has been my main fanfic activity for months! Little reading and less writing, just archiving.)  Now comes the task of mirroring in reverse, because of course I edited as I went.  (I tinker whenever snags reveal themselves.)  It turns out that I have 76 total works from April 1996 to the present, 60 of those in FK and 7 in HL.

Merfilly recently posted her thousandth work to the AO3.  We usually play in different sandboxes, but that gulf did strike me.  I'm not as productive as most people.  (What makes for high-quality prolificity?)

I wonder whether I should tag my '96-'99 pieces "juvenilia."  Someone remarked recently that her early works embarrassed her, which made me wonder whether mine should embarrass me.  Some are indeed green!  (If you do tag for "juvenilia," where do you draw your line, and why?)

The last item I loaded happened to be "Nice to Remember" (PG, ~4K, 2006).  I wrote it for TV-Elf's birthday years ago; it caps this project in her birthday month now.  (It's not one of my best, but TV-Elf said it amused her, so it wins.)  Coincidentally, that story attempted Schanke and Janette interaction, as does my (rather better, I suspect) most recent FK story, "Malicious Mischief" (PG, ~9K, 2011).

Even with all the reverse mirroring to be done, it's time and past for me to be on to new things — in fanfic, and elsewhere.

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greerwatsongreerwatson on November 23rd, 2011 12:42 pm (UTC)
New stories from you are always welcome. You're one of our best writers.
Amy R.: Thanksbrightknightie on November 23rd, 2011 06:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! That's kind of you to say.
PJ1228pj1228 on November 23rd, 2011 10:16 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on your achievement of concluding the AO3 mirroring! This is one process I stopped when I went on vacation and have yet to resume.

I wonder whether I should tag my '96-'99 pieces "juvenilia."

I wouldn't do that. The dates clearly indicate that these are early works, so I find a further tag unnecessary. In fact, the attribute "juvenilia" might cause bias in a reader as to whether he chooses to read the work or not. It might be unfortunate if the reader skips the work and misses a great story.

I don't find my early works embarassing. Some scenes were certainly daring and I wouldn't write them like that today. I'd rather say they are a product and reflection of the time and circumstances they were written in, as are yours. This can be said of every piece of literature that has been written over the centuries.